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LEARN: Be Head Smart


Motor vehicle collisions are the most common cause of brain injuries in the military, according to a 2013 Department of Defense Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as trauma to the head or a piercing head injury that impairs proper or normal functioning of the brain. TBI can happen when the head abruptly and forcefully strikes an object, or when an object penetrates the skull and inserts into brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI vary and can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the injury and the extent of the damage to the brain.

The most common signs and symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Feeling of heaviness or pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • The feeling of spinning or off-balance
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty with sleep

The “A Head for the Future” ( dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture ) program provides useful tips for service members, veterans, and their families to help them learn to protect their heads every day!

Guidelines for preventing TBIs caused specifically in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Always wear your helmet (make sure any passengers do too)
  • Make sure your helmet fits properly (be sure to tighten the strap and make sure it fits snug to your head)
  • Drive safely by going the speed limit
  • On days with bad weather, choose another form of transportation
  • Never drive while drinking alcohol or taking drugs

  • Access additional information about brain injury prevention and recovery, HERE!

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