Brain Waves: UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Newsletter Volume 12 | Number 2
VOL 12 | NUM 2
UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Digital Newsletter
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The University of Alabama at
Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury
Model System (UAB-TBIMS)
provides Brain Waves twice annually
as an informational resource for people
with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
UAB-TBIMS Program Director:
Thomas Novack, PhD
Editor: Phil Klebine, MA
529 Spain Rehabilitation Center
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The United States Army has signed on as the executive agent for the
Department of Defense’s (DOD) concussion initiative with the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The initiative is known as the
The overall goals for this joint venture are to enhance and accelerate
research of traumatic injuries and concussive brain injuries. The Grand
Alliance will also look at the development, testing and regulatory
approval of screening and diagnostic devices, clinical practice
regiments, return to play/return to action protocol, and human
prevention strategies, such as resiliency training to prevent such injuries.
Go to website
It is easy to see if someone is having a seizure. A person falls to the
floor, muscles may stiffen or twitch out of control; eyes may roll back or
But not all seizures are obvious to see. “Silent” seizures can ripple
across regions of the brain without any visible clues, but there can be
potentially damaging effects.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany recently became the
first United States military hospital capable of detecting those silent
seizures in patients with brain injuries. Thanks to a rare civilian-military
medical partnership. the medical center can now detect silent seizures
through a diagnostic tool called continuous electroencephalography
(cEEG). Go to website
The Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute
on Disability recently released the October National Trends in Disability
Employment (nTIDE) Report. According to nTIDE, employment is on the
rise for people with disabilities for the first time since September 2013.
The employment-to-population ratio reflects the percentage of
people who are working relative to the total population (the number of
people working divided by the number of people in the total population
multiplied by 100). The employment-to-population ratio increased from
26.9% in October 2013 to 27.1% in October 2014 (up 0.7%; 0.2% points).
This means there are 139,816,000 workers in the U.S. ages 16-64.
There are 4,350,000 workers with disabilities. This means people with
disabilities represents 3.1% of the total workforce. Go to website
Two new studies published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
shed light on the most common form of head injury seen in athletes.
They suggest that concussions continue to be a ‘hidden injury’ in sports,
even in the face significant increased public awareness. Go to website