Assessment of System Needs
from the Perspective of a
Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor - 2018 Research Project

Traumatic Brain Injury Services

Research Study on Traumatic Brain Injury

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is proud to serve as the state's designated lead agency for the coordination of services for West Virginians with TBI.  The TBI Program is a collaboration between the state funded Traumatic Brain Injury Services and the federally funded Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant. TBI is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the brain's function.


Concussion Recovery Goes Beyond the Playing Field

Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury.

Concussions bring on mental and emotional symptoms, not just physical.

Difficulties with thought processes following a concussion can interfere with a student’s ability to learn.

Over 300,000 children are treated for concussion annually.

Children and adolescents take about 2 to 4 weeks to recover from a concussion.

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Concussion is a Form of Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussion diagnoses for people under the age of 22 rose 500% between 2010 and 2014.

Concussions do not always involve being “knocked out” or a loss of consciousness.

Concussions can bring about multiple symptoms, including: headaches, confusion, nausea/vomiting, sleepiness, ringing in the ears, or irritability.

80-90% of concussions will resolve within 3 to 4 weeks of injury.

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Domestic Violence is a Growing Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

As many as 20 million women each year could have a TBI caused by domestic violence.

The head and face are among the most common targets of intimate partner assaults.

Women who are abused are more likely to have repeated injuries to the head.

Survivors of domestic violence with a TBI are likely to experience difficulty with attention, concentration, memory, in executive functioning and in processing information.

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Videos

  • Overview of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Stephen Heck talks about combat TBIs
  • Nick Davidson talks about return to play/return to learn.