What is Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of brain function, resulting from a blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. The severity of the TBI is deteremined at the time of the injury and may be classified as: mild, moderate or severe. The Army Reserve has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care.
• TBIs can occur on the battlefield, the football field, the playground, in a car accident, and even at home.

• A mild TBI/concussion is treatable; early detection is extremely important.

• Common causes of an mTBI/concussion on the battlefield include blasts, vehicle collisions, or blows to the head.


A mild TBI, which is also known as a concussion, is the most common form of TBI in the Army. Symptoms of concussions often resolve within days or weeks.

Learn more about the U.S. Army and TBI care: STAND-TO!: Traumatic Brain Injury.

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jason Manella, recovered from a Traumatic Brain Injury and went on to become the 2013 Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Learn More about his accomplishment here:

Common Signs and Symptoms

• Headaches
• Changes in sleep
• Dizziness
• Nausea/vomiting
• Fatigue
• Balancing Problems
• Sensory changes
• Slowed thinking
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory problems
• Depression or anxiety
• Mood swings