Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
There are many different causes of brain injury, including, but not limited to, car crashes, falls, assaults, sports-related mishaps, stroke, aneurysm, brain tumors, proximity to explosions, exposure to toxic substances and domestic or child abuse. A brain injury may result in impairments in one or more areas, including cognition; speech-language communication; memory; attention and concentration; reasoning; abstract thinking; physical functions; psychosocial behavior; and information processing.
Every year, 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. An estimated 5.3 million Americans – a little more than 2 percent of the US population – currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury.
Brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. People who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management, and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent, and satisfying lives.
K-State’s TBIoptions Web site is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our mission is to promote knowledge about TBI and enhance awareness about community resources that promote success in daily living.
Visit our TBIoptions page to gain information about different options available to persons with traumatic brain injury and their loved ones. Find it at: http://tbioptions.k-state.edu/