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WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today announced that the committee’s comprehensive review on concussions will commence with a roundtable discussion on Monday, January 25. The roundtable, which will bring together experts from the medical, military, athletic, and research communities, will serve as a launching pad for the committee’s review to study […]
Three days before Christmas, and the release of Will Smith’s movie Concussion, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced that in 2016 the committee will begin a review investigating the causes, effects, and treatments for concussions. According to the House of Representatives press release, it “will commence a broad review of these injuries […]
For Immediate Release December 22, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Talhelm 202.228.6870 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @TomUdallPress WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees, announced that the president has signed into law as part of the “omnibus” appropriations measure several sports safety provisions that Udall has championed to help […]
Jan 05 2016 CDC HEADS UP (link is external) is rolling out a new resource called a microsite (link is external). It offers a simple way for you to share HEADS UP tools and concussion safety information directly through your own website. For more information, click here.
In the first version of her story, Grace Costa says that, on the night after Christmas, in 2012, her ex-boyfriend broke into her house, hid behind her bedroom door, and then attacked her as she and her two grown children—a son and a daughter—were about to eat dinner. In the second version, it’s still the […]
The TBI InfoComics were created to educate survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, their families/caregivers, and healthcare providers about common symptoms of TBI and how to manage them. Our InfoComics are written to be accessible to people who may have memory issues or trouble reading large blocks of text. They present the most vital and up-to-date […]
Oct 27 2015 Wearing a bicycle helmet significantly reduces the risk of serious brain injury and death from a crash, a new study shows. To learn more, click here.
Part II of our managing behavior dysfunction brief series addresses the evaluation and management of challenging behaviors following brain injury. In Part I we identified common challenging behaviors post-injury, causes of challenging behaviors, and a process for evaluating behaviors. In Part II we focus on specific management strategies. For more information, click here.
Oct 27 2015 Aggressive and/or unsportsmanlike behavior among athletes can increase their chances of getting a concussion by as much as 25%. Sports officials play a key role in setting the tone for safe play and can help lower an athlete’s chances of getting a concussion or other serious injury. For more information, click here. […]
Dysfunctional behaviors can be the most debilitating consequence of TBI, dramatically impacting family, social, and vocational relationships. Estimates of behavioral challenges among children with TBI range from 35% to 70%. Estimates among adults range from 25% to 61%. In this TBI Research Brief, we present Part I of a two-part series on evidence-based guidelines for […]
Injury-associated deaths have substantial economic consequences. In 2013, unintentional injury was the fourth leading cause of death, suicide was the tenth, and homicide was the sixteenth; these three causes accounted for approximately 187,000 deaths in the United States (1). To assess the economic impact of fatal injuries, CDC analyzed death data from the National Vital […]
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), defined here as a concussion, skull fracture, or internal brain injury, can have life-long cognitive, physical, and financial impacts. Preventing these injuries requires an understanding of what causes them. To understand the causes of TBI, the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) explored emergency department (ED) treated TBIs among 0 through 19 year olds in terms of intent, activity, […]
With the five-year anniversary of my traumatic brain injury on the horizon, I have gained one thing that I was not capable of having early on—I have gained a perspective that comes with time. For more information, click here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new research on the cost of injury in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) According to the research, the combined estimated lifetime medical and work loss costs associated with fatal and non-fatal injuries in the United States were $671 billion in 2013. The lifetime medical […]
Injuries and Violence in the US: Preventing human and economic costs to society CDC Injury Center Cost-Fact-Sheet-2015
WEST POINT, N.Y. — A bell clanged and two cadets in boxing gloves surged from their corners in a gym at the United States Military Academy last week, throwing jabs and uppercuts while other cadets yelled, “Keep working him!” and, “Use the hook!” For more than a century, boxing for male freshmen here has been […]
Federal report summarizes the current research on concussion knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and behaviors Garfield, NJ –As student athletes across the nation return to the playing field, today U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), Co-founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, was joined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials in […]
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold a series of open meetings by teleconference on the following dates: Friday, October 30, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, November 12, 2015: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, December 3, […]
To listen to the webinar, click here.
The long-term effects of brain injury can be catastrophic for students at any level. Early on, students with the most severe injuries are unable to attend school. Some require home schooling until they recover enough to travel and attend classes with other students. This guide can help parents and educators navigate good next steps. Click […]
This webinar, sponsored by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA), is a 75 minute presentation designed to introduce individuals and program staff to TBI. The presentation will provide an overview of TBI, incidence, symptoms, treatment and state/federal programs and policies which address the needs. The webinar is free and is available on […]
Each school year, approximately 1,000 high school athletes in Oregon suffer at least one concussion. In this first TBI Research Brief, we present information about sports concussion and how to recognize and manage its consequences. To read more, click here.
It’s causing to more than 17,000 concussions annually Health researchers and soccer moms have known for years that more concussions occur in high school soccer than in any other sport except for football. Now, a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics details exactly how soccer players are getting those head injuries. Player-to-player contact caused […]
A strong focus on health and safety in sports can help keep young athletes safe.
The latest edition of USBIA’s newsletter is now available for download! Read about our upcoming webinar on Resource Management and get all the news from the states in the Alliance!
The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut hosted a meeting of the leadership of the Northeast brain injury organizations on 6/12/15.
Time to symptom resolution, return to school, and return to play after a sport-related concussion in children and adolescents (8-17 years of age) was examined using a retrospective cohort design. A total of 198 patients aged 8 to 17 years were included, with a mean age of 13.5 years (SD = 2.2).
Jun 03, 2015 Information is scant concerning enduring brain injury effects of participation in the contact sport of Rugby Union (hereafter rugby) on early adolescents. The objective was prospectively to investigate differences between young adolescent male rugby players and non-contact sports controls on neurocognitive test performance over three years and academic achievement over six years. […]
May 20, 2015 All 50 states and the District of Columbia now have some form of youth sports-related TBI law. All of the state laws contain provisions about returning an athlete to the playing field, but very few state laws address returning to academics after concussion. This issue brief examines the health risks associated with […]
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injury. The MSKTC offers free resources to help with rehabilitation, daily living, relationships, and social and emotional issues. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) […]
Actively symptomatic students and their parents reported higher levels of concern for the impact of concussion on school performance (P < .05) and more school-related problems (P < .001) than recovered peers and their parents. High school students who had not yet recovered reported significantly more adverse academic effects than their younger counterparts (P < […]
The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation recently released a special issue. It focuses on work from CDC and our key partners – like you – to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs. This body of research gives a clearer picture of TBI in […]
May 20, 2015 This study reviewed data on sports-related TBI among individuals under age 65 from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample from 2006–2011. Visits were stratified by age, sex, injury severity, payer status and other criteria. Variations in incidence and severity were examined both between groups and over time. Odds of inpatient admission were calculated […]
Newswise — May 11, 2015 – Ongoing efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the population impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are documented in the May/June issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, official journal of the Brain Injury Association of America. The journal is published by Wolters […]
The Network for Public Health Law – posted on Thu, May 7 2015 4:13 pm by Kerri McGowan Lowrey, Eastern Region Sports-related concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), has received much attention over the past few years. The potential impact on child and adolescent health is significant and nationwide, because so many young […]
Cheryl Green, a media artist with TBI, is collaborating with independent filmmaker, Cynthia Lopez on, “Who Am I To Stop It,” a new documentary film about isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury. It features three TBI survivors who are all artists.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. – May 8, 2015. Positive news continues as Americans with and without disabilities are participating in the labor force and finding jobs, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Social enterprise is one example of a […]
Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds.
Ontario adult drivers who say they have experienced at least one traumatic brain injury in their lifetime also report significantly higher incidents of serious road-related driving aggression, said a new study. Serious driver aggression includes: making threats to hurt a fellow driver, passenger or vehicle. These individuals also reported significantly higher odds of being involved […]
It’s been nearly two decades since graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs began to take hold in the U.S., and these novice driver laws have proved extremely successful in reducing fatal crashes among teenagers.
States have been raising highway speed limits — but they should be doing the opposite Many states have recently been raising their highway speed limits. But research suggests that, if anything, they should actually be doing the opposite and lowering speed limits on both city streets and highways. http://www.vox.com/2015/4/9/8373177/speed-limits
On June 23-34, 2015, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institutes of Medicine are holding a FREE conference, “Concussion: A National Challenge” to share the latest in the detection, prevention and treatment of concussion with the public. Click here for details and the News Release.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to lifelong problems that not only affect the lives of individuals and their families, but also have a significant impact on society and the economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a Report to Congress, entitled Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, […]
Member states of the Alliance are hard at work providing services to persons with brain injury in their families. Read about their progress!
Recognize. Report. Respond. Rest. Ann Glang, PhD, University of Oregon researcher and USBIA Board Member, wants those “R” words to resonate among young athletes. They are key terms used in an online educational tool designed to teach coaches, educators, teens and parents about concussions called “Brain 101: The Concussion Playbook”.
The New Mexico Brain Injury Alliance is working to introduce legislation create a law to require insurance coverage for services related to brain injury. The proposed legislation seeks to mandate integrated access to brain injury services across the continuum of care.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, in collaboration with VA’s Office of Rehabilitation Research and Development, will sponsor a one-day TBI research workgroup on June 18, 2015 in the Washington, DC area. The topics identified through this meeting will serve as the basis for the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on TBI.
Professionals Conference Flyer A one-day conference for you and your staff April 17, Kalispell • May 8, Miles City • May 22, Great Falls Service providers will increase their understanding of brain injury and related symptoms, learn strategies to enhance their work with survivors and families, and receive resources and information to increase community awareness. […]
The USBIA Policy Committee is monitoring the following legislation. Any questions or comments to Policy Committee Chair Gavin Attwood Gavin@USBIA.org LEGISLATION: NEWLY INTRODUCED S.516: A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to permit alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Prime sponsor is Christopher Murphy […]
RESPONDING TO KING V. BURWELL: WHAT POLICY LEVERS CAN STATES “PULL” TO MAINTAIN COVERAGE IF THE SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH KING? This week,our In Focus section reviews approaches states could consider in the event the Supreme Court eliminates federal marketplace subsidies for certain states. It was prepared by Claudine Swartz and Angelique Hrycko of Day […]
Kessler Foundation News WEST ORANGE, N.J. – March 6, 2015. For the fifth consecutive month, employment for workers with disabilities continued to grow, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Corporations and nonprofits are supporting opportunities for […]
The Ready to be Steady Project is a research study looking at how using a commercially available virtual-reality gaming system, the XBOX Kinect, may improve balance for people with TBI. Study participants will be asked to participate in an in-home balance therapy program and attend 4 assessments over a 6 month period at Craig Hospital […]
Improving Well-Being After TBI Through Structured Volunteer Activity – Have you had a traumatic brain injury? – Are you currently unemployed and looking for something meaningful to do? – Are you looking for a way to help others? – Are you 18 years or older? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a […]
Anger and Irritability Research Study for Brain Injury Survivors Participants Needed for a Research Study: Do you get angry with yourself or others since you had your brain injury? Are you more irritable with family, friends or co-workers than before your injury? If so, you might be able to participate in a research study about […]
Post-Concussion Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Division I Collegiate Athletes | Developmental Neuropsychology as taken from Children’s Safety Network February 17, 2015 This study examined the effect of baseline psychological symptoms on post-concussion symptoms among 67 concussed collegiate athletes. Depression at baseline was the strongest predictor of post-concussion depression and anxiety. Post-concussion depression and […]
Saturday, May 2; 10am – 12noon Colorado Convention Center Denver, Colo. Registration is free The functional relationship between the eye and the brain is established during the early stages of human embryonic development in all vertebrate species. Nowhere is this connectivity more evident than in the biology of human aging and the visual response to […]
Target Audience: Survivors of a brain injury, family and caregivers In partnership with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Speakers include: Dr. Michael Nunley, PhD & Terri Cassidy, OT – Ten tips for your injured loved one, and a family beginning the marathon Dr. Kiran Pandit, MD – Behavioral, Emotional, and Mood issues in TBI and Neuroimaging Modalities […]
Advocate at the State Capitol! Every Tuesday through the end of the 2015 legislative session, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Public Policy staff meets with citizen advocates in the Department of Transportation cafeteria at 10 a.m. We provide a policy update, help write personal stories and facilitate meetings with legislators. For more information on Tuesdays […]
Job Opportunities at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is hiring for a Case Manager and Care Coordinator in our Case Management department. A Care Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and implementing comprehensive; proactive; consumer directed systems of support and advocacy for individuals, including all ages and cultures, which have survived […]
Brain Injury Educational Classes The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes – including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class – for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops. Brain Injury Basics Caregiving: February 26, 2015 […]
2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury The 2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and will feature several dynamic speakers who will cover a variety of topics related to community-based, education, […]
Age of First Exposure to Football and Later-Life Cognitive Impairment in Former NFL Players Neurology (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) February 4, 2015 To determine the relationship between exposure to repeated head impacts through tackle football prior to age 12, during a key period of brain development, and later-life executive function, memory, and estimated […]
The Trajectory of Long-Term Psychosocial Development 16 Years Following Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Journal of Neurotrauma (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Jan 27, 2015 Childhood traumatic brain injury (CTBI) is one of the most common causes of impairment in children and adolescents; with psychosocial difficulties found to be the most persisting. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/trajectory-long-term-psychosocial-development-16-years-following-childhood-traumatic-brain-inju
Sleep Disturbances in Athletic Concussion Informa (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Jan 27, 2015 Sleep disturbances are a common symptom following concussions to include athletic concussion. This review applies literature on sleep following traumatic brain injury and concussion to sport concussions and places these considerations in the context of sleep and athletic performance. It […]
School-Based Consultation to Improve Concussion Recognition and Response Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation Jan 27, 2015 (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Many students who have sustained concussions return to school requiring academic adjustments while their brains heal. However, school personnel often are not trained to accommodate these students. This exploratory project examined the […]
BIAC’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015. BIAC is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Cantu, Boston University School of Medicine, will be our plenary speaker, presenting on concussions, and he will offer an additional workshop option on biomarkers. Dr. Cantu is one of the world’s foremost authorities on concussions […]
Journal of Neurology as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 The aims of the study were to examine whether self-reported physical health changes over the first 5 years after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and whether the trajectories of physical health over that time period could be predicted by demographic and injury-related variables. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/trajectories-physical-health-first-5-years-after-traumatic-brain-injury-journal-neurology
Contiuum as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 As the issue of brain injury in athletes has emerged and developed, shifting the landscape of public concern, neurologists have become more directly involved in the diagnosis and management of sports concussion. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/sports-concussion-diagnosis-and-management-contiuum
Critical Care Medicine as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 The purpose of this study was to gain a description of the prevalence and time course of vasospasm in children suffering moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/epidemiology-vasospasm-children-moderate-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-critical-care-medicine
Pediatrics as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 09, 2014 To reduce missed cases of pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT), Pediatric Brain Injury Research Network investigators derived a 4-variable AHT clinical prediction rule (CPR) with sensitivity of .96. Our objective was to validate the screening performance of this AHT CPR in a new, equivalent patient […]
Pediatrics As taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 09, 2014 Researchers estimated the disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) burden of abusive head trauma (AHT) at ages 0 to 4 years in the United States. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/disability-adjusted-life-year-burden-abusive-head-trauma-ages-0%E2%80%934-pediatrics
Clinical Pediatrics Dec 09, 2014 Consensus-based guidelines exist for adult athletes returning to play after concussion, but there are no protocols developed specifically for children. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/development-conservative-protocol-return-children-and-youth-activity-following-concussive-injur
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