Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in honor of March’s Brain Injury Awareness Month.
The “Healing from the Inside” will offer participants opportunities to participate in interactive workshops featuring yoga, board games and firearms simulators. There will also be talks from TBI clinicians about treating and preventing concussions and brain injuries.
The purpose of the event is to help people better recognize, respond and recover if a TBI occurs, as well as learn about the multitude of services available at the clinic, which includes a holistic team of social workers, nurse case managers, neuropsychology specialist, and speech, occupational and physical therapists.
TBI injuries, which are caused by a blow or bump to the head, disrupt brain functioning and can range from mild. It is estimated that more than 294,000 service members have been diagnosed with a brain injury or concussion since 2000.
Although thousands of service members’ brain injuries are combat-related, more than 80 percent occur in garrison and are the result of falls, vehicle and bicycle accidents, sports injuries and assaults, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.