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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States and an increasing concern among certain groups. Military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are at particularly high risk for concussions and more severe TBIs, especially as a result of blasts. West Virginia has the highest number of men and women serving in the military, per capita, in the nation. Sports and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, are also of increasing concern. The accurate identification, assessment, and management of concussions or mild TBIs are critical for ensuring correct diagnoses and for reducing the risks for re-injury and long-term consequences. In addition, research is needed to identify service needs and barriers to accessing those services and to develop model programs for addressing these needs and ensuring that persons with TBIs are successfully reintegrated into the community. The WVU ICRC is specifically addressing TBI with ongoing research examining biomarkers for TBI, analysis of neurocognitive performance-based assessment methods in high school athletes, efforts to improve regional surveillance for TBI and link surveillance data to service delivery, and efforts to translate TBI research into guidelines and polices related to return-to-play among competitive athletes.

List of Related ICRC Affiliate Faculty Publications