Brain Injury Awareness Month is observed each March. It was established 3 decades ago to educate the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of persons with brain injuries and their families.
What Is TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull. It causes stretching and damage to brain cells and creates chemical changes in the brain. TBI can lead to short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotion.
There may be signs of injury to the head, such as bruising or cuts, or there may be no visible injury. A person does not necessarily pass out.
TBI in Combat Veterans
TBI is a common, yet often misunderstood, injury in combat veterans. Many RoR participants have suffered from a brain injury. We’re dedicated to bringing awareness to this invisible injury.
If you or a loved one suffers from TBI, the Brain Injury Association of America is a great place to find information and resources. RoR is also continuing our research on the effects of fly fishing on combat veteran recovery, including TBI.