While there are many brain injury organizations around the country, the national organizations listed here provide you with relevant information about brain injury and can guide you to the organization that can help you closest to where you live. 

  • Brain Injury Association of AmericaWith a mission to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury, through advocacy, BIA brings help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. Link
  • Brainline BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating and living with TBI. BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. BrainLine seeks to provide a sense of community, a palce where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support and ideas. Link
  • OBIAThe Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial nonprofit, charitable organization in Canada with a mission to enhance the lives of Ontarians (with resources useful for many) living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness and support. Link
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If you or someone you love has been affected by brain injury, these websites have support groups and support lines in place to help. 

  • CEMM Traumatic Brain Injury A site providing an informative and sensitive exploration of Traumatic Brain Injury including: information for patience, family members and caregivers. Survivors and caregivers share their courageous stories about their own personal experiences which they share hoping to inspire others and give hope. Link
  • The Brain Injury Recovery Network A site developed to provide practical, actionable advice for brain injury survivors and families with a goal of giving survivors of brain injuries every possible chance to recover. Link
  • OBIAThe Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial nonprofit, charitable organization in Canada with a mission to enhance the lives of Ontarians (with resources useful for many) living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness and support. Link
  • The Athlete Recovery FundAn organization with a mission to provide professional BMX, FMX and Skateboarding athletes with financial support after severe injury and granting funds for rehabilitation, equipment, long-term disability and educational scholarships. Link
  • BRAININJURYSTORIES.ORG A blog space for shared stories created by The Brain Injury Association of New York State.  It was created as an extension of the BIANYS online support group and the deep desire of its members to share their stories and experiences. Link
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To learn more about brain injury, these websites have comprehensive information about the causes, prevalence, recovery and treatment of brain injury.

  • CDC: Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain InjuryThe site developed by the Center for Disease Control which has a section specifically dedicated to providing comprehensive TBI and concussion information. Link
  • Brain Injury Association of America With a mission to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. This link provides helpful resources to learn more about the different challenges associated with living with brain injury and offers suggestions as to how to best live with them or overcome them.  Link
  • The Brain Injury Recovery Network A site developed to provide practical, actionable advice for brain injury survivors and families with a goal of giving survivors of brain injuries every possible chance to recover. This site offers great resources about what to expect when you or someone you love is affected by brain injury. Link
  • OBIAThe Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial nonprofit, charitable organization in Canada with a mission to enhance the lives of Ontarians (with resources useful for many) living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness and support. Link
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We’ve all heard the word, but how many of us really know how to identify a concussion? These websites have extensive information about concussions, a form of mild TBI, and what you can do to protect yourselves and your loved ones from them.

  • CDC: Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury
    The site developed by the Center for Disease Control which has a section specifically dedicated to providing comprehensive TBI and concussion information. Link
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital – Concussion Faction Sheet A fact sheet provided by the St. Louis Children’s Hospital intended for parents of children and teens who have recently had a concussion including information of what to expect in the hours and days following the concussion. Link
  • momsTEAM.com The premier online youth sports information gateway for the 90 million youth sports parents seeking advice, community and product information from a world-class team of expert psychologists, nutritionists, athletes, medical doctors, journalists coaches, referees and parents. This page provides relevant information about concussions. Link
  • PINKCONCUSSIONS.COMPinkConcussions.com was created as an informational hub on what is known about female concussions, as a list resources, and to share females' experience with head injury. Our goal is to educate men and women about female concussions; and to encourage more research on the vulnerability, the causes of injury and the delay in recovery time in head injuries suffered by females of all ages. Link
  • Vista Life SciencesVista LifeSciences supports baseline cognitive testing of all athletes and service members. Vista LifeSciences provides baseline cognitive test software, ANAM, to research and clinical organizations including the Department of Defense, NASA and World Renowned Medical Schools. ANAM is a tool used by clinicians when treating concussions. Baseline and follow-up testing provides significant insight on the road to recovery after injury or illness. Link

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from head injury is through education. These websites provide opportunities to learn online and in person more about concussions and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from them.

  • CDC Heads Up Online Training Course Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. Link
  • ConcussionWise™Concussionwise™ is part of a family of online conucssion education courses designed to meet the needs of athletic trainers, physicians, coaches, parents, atheles, and other healthcare providers.Concussionwise™ is delivered in an engaging, interactive format that covers four critical phases of concussion managment: Prevention, Prepartion, Response and Recovery/Return to play.Link
  • Sports Legacy Institute Online training is a wonderful start to getting better acquainted with how to recognize, respond and protect yourself, your loved ones and your athletes from the dangers of head injury. SLI provides Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) which is the national gold standard for concussion education. ACTs are now mandated for Chicago and Boston Public Schools. Link

With all of the conversation in the media about youth and professional sports and head injury, here are organizations that do advocacy work specifically around head and brain injury.

  • American Brain Coalition The American Brain Coalition, a non-profit organization, seeks to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy. Link
  • Brain Injury Association of America With a mission to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury, through advocacy, BIA brings help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. Link
  • National Association of State Head Injury Administrators Assisting state government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families. Link
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Veterans who suffer from TBI represent a significant part of the overall TBI population in our country. 266,810 diagnosed TBIs were reported in the US Military between 2000 and 2012. These resources offer specific information and services for our troops and veterans, but the information they provide is universal and helpful for all living with brain injury.

  • CEMM Traumatic Brain Injury A site providing an informative and sensitive exploration of Traumatic Brain Injury including: information for patience, family members and caregivers. Survivors and caregivers share their courageous stories about their own personal experiences which they share hoping to inspire others and give hope. Link
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center [DVBIC]: DVBIC’s mission is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for those health protection services.  DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with the DoD, military services, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI. Link
  • BrainLine.org BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating and living with TBI. BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. BrainLine seeks to provide a sense of community, a palce where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support and ideas. Link
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs"Make the Connection"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Make the Connection campaign highlights powerful stories of strength and connection as real Veterans and Service members recount their paths from joining the military, facing adversity, reaching out, and moving toward resiliency and recovery. Watch inspiring stories, learn what has worked for other Veterans, and discover positive steps you can take. The TBI page includes links to video testimonials of Veterans with TBI, a guide to symptoms and treatment, and tools to locate resources in your area. Link

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