VIDEO: DoD and National Football League Share Data on Traumatic Brain Injury



The pervasive use of improvised explosive devices down range means more servicemembers are being exposed to blast waves more frequently.  As a result, the number of diagnosed cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has soared since 2006. Individuals can suffer real injury even without ever losing consciousness or incurring visible wounds. TBI and Post Traumatic Stress can have severe long and short-range health consequences. But effective treatments are available within the military community.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is now actively seeking to change the culture that in the past has stigmatized individuals who sought treatment for TBI, an unseen wound. This recent episode of Recon looks at some of the current treatment approaches, including virtual reality therapy, advancements in imaging technology that make diagnosis easier, and a collaboration between DoD and the National Football League to share data and knowledge on concussions, or mild TBI.  The episode is hosted by SSgt Josh Hauser.

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For more information, visit the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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