Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Toolkit

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Toolkit (2015), was published by the United States Army Medical Department’s Borden Institute. The Borden Institute is the primary outlet for scholarly and peer-reviewed publications by the healthcare providers who take care of the United States Service Members and Veterans. More than a decade of war has underscored the incidence of a common injury that can occur both on and off the battlefield—mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) have mobilized the military and civilian medical and rehabilitation communities to identify best practices in the care of service members with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) /concussion. Concussions can occur due to blast events, motor vehicle crashes, training accidents, falls, sports, and general mishaps. Through research, policy, widespread education, and provider training, the US Army is working diligently to ensure that those diagnosed with concussion are promptly identified and treated to maximize their recovery.

Rehabilitation professionals provide significant contributions to the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of service members who are symptomatic after sustaining an mTBI. In September 2007, leaders in the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division at the Army Office of the Surgeon General charged a team of occupational and physical therapists to develop occupational and physical therapy clinical practice guidance for mTBI in order to help establish state of- the-art rehabilitative care for soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries. By completing a critical review of the current research and clinical rehabilitative care practices they provided the assessment, treatment and management of mild TBI at all levels of care – from acute theater to long term life

An mTBI guidance document for speech language pathologists (SLPs) was subsequently developed. These foundational guidance documents will enhance our recognition and understanding of the effects of single or multiple concussions on service members and civilians alike, and the important contribution of rehabilitation clinicians in treating and measuring progress as service members recover from mTBI.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Toolkit
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