TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

Last Updated: December 20, 2023
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​A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from mild, i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to severe, i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury1.


1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury ​CenterExternal Link​ ​

​Department of Defense Traumatic Brain Injuries Center of Excellence (TBICoE)

TBI is a significant health issue which affects service members and veterans within each branch of service during times of both peace and war. To learn more about the complexity of these brain injuries and the rehabilitation therapy available to service members who have sustained TBIs, please check out the DoD TBICoE websiteExternal Link.