Traumatic Brain Injuries: Exploring Music Therapy

Music is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. The myriad of applications for music are impossible to list in full, but include relaxing, focusing, gaining energy, learning and achieving emotional healing. There is a reason that children learn their ABCs in a song, and there is also a reason that so many popular songs are written about love and loss. At its core, music really has a therapeutic quality that should be capitalized when treating patients with a traumatic brain injury. Click here to read more »

Teaching Children about Traumatic Brain Injuries

It’s never too early to begin learning about traumatic brain injuries, which is why the Brain Injury Association of Michigan has created a comprehensive chart that outlines the numerous brain safety topics that can be introduced to students of all ages. Teachers and parents alike can utilize these valuable resources to help their children understand the importance of protecting their brains and the best strategies for doing so. Click here to read more »

Developing a New Career Plan after a TBI

A traumatic brain injury isn’t just a physical injury that requires time to heal. It has the potential to impact a person’s cognitive, emotional, and intellectual functions as well. This is why many TBI survivors find themselves relearning and adopting skills that will help them recover and enjoy a stronger quality of life. It’s not uncommon for part of this evolution to include the creation of a new career plan. Click here to read more »

Researchers Explore the Use of CBD for Concussion Treatment

As the devastating and long-term impacts of traumatic brain injuries are becoming better understood by the public, more and more resources are being utilized to uncover new and innovative rehabilitation strategies. The perfect example of this progress can be seen in the $16 million in funding that Jonathan Gilbert, CEO of Scythian Biosciences Inc., just secured for his trial to investigate the impact of a cannabis-based concussion and TBI treatment. Click here to read more »

Fall Prevention Reduces Risks of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Elderly Adults

Though traumatic brain injuries are commonly related to sports injuries and car accidents, TBI-related injuries are also a unique health concern for older adults. In fact, people above the age of 75 have the highest rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to traumatic brain injuries because their bodies cannot recover as efficiently as younger patients. Since falling down is the leading cause of TBI among older adults, family members and caregivers of senior citizens can help significantly lower the risk of TBI by working to prevent falls in the first place. Click here to read more »

Ongoing Support for TBI Survivors

Overcoming a traumatic brain injury is nothing like healing from a broken ankle or other common injury. Rather than being a specific problem with a precise solution, TBI poses a complex web of emotional, physical, intellectual, and behavioral health conditions that are complicated to diagnose and often challenging to treat. This is why it is so critical for TBI patients to receive ongoing and comprehensive support throughout the rehabilitation process. Click here to read more »

How the Circadian Rhythm May Help the Brain Heal from a TBI

A new report published in the journal Neurology has provided preliminary evidence for a connection between circadian body temperature rhythms and arousal in patients in minimally conscious or vegetative states. Led by Christine Blume, PhD, of University of Salzburg in Austria, the study used a small cross-section of patients to investigate how circadian body temperature rhythms could possibly be used to encourage recovery from severe traumatic brain injury.    Click here to read more »

The BAIMI’s Capitol Day in Michigan

Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan holds an event known as Capitol Day in order to help local legislators connect with traumatic brain injury survivors. The goal of the event, held this year on Wednesday, May 17 in the Mackinaw Room, is to inform and educate Michigan legislators about the most pressing issues facing individuals and organizations with an interest in brain injury. Click here to read more »

Protecting School Soccer Players from Brain Injury

American sports are experiencing a period of evaluation, research, and criticism as numerous studies prove that athletes endure dangerous concussions that significantly threaten their health and wellbeing in the long-term. Football has undergone the most high-profile overhaul to minimize concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, and wrestling has also shared the spotlight. Sports like soccer, however, are only recently being forced to assess and revise the rules and procedures that pose a threat to players. Click here to read more »

Support for TBI Caregivers: You Aren’t Alone

The true impact of a traumatic brain injury on the lives of an injured person’s loved ones is hard to imagine until it has become a reality. Though the suffering brought on by a TBI is different in many ways from the challenges posed by other serious health conditions like cancer, the TBI treatment and recovery process can still be demanding, overwhelming, stressful, and confusing. This is especially true since TBIs can rob survivors of their memories, cognitive skills, and personality traits while causing unfamiliar outbursts of anger, impulsiveness, and confusion. The TBI patients themselves aren’t the only ones who need love and support during the recovery period; the caregivers of TBI patients can benefit immensely from support that makes the physical, emotional, and financial implications of a TBI easier to handle. Click here to read more »