The UAB-TBIMS offers a series of Information Sheets developed through a collaboration between the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) and the TBI Model Systems of Care. These fact sheets are written for consumers.

All Infosheets are free to print and disseminate for educational purposes.

Understanding TBI Part 1: What happens to the brain during injury and in the early stages of recovery from TBI?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident, a gunshot wound to the head, or a fall. Part 1 in this 4 part series. Spanish version (en español)

Understanding TBI Part 2: Brain injury impact on individuals’ functioning 
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident, a gunshot wound to the head, or a fall. Part 2 in this 4 part series. Spanish version (en español)

Understanding TBI Part 3: The Recovery Process
 
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident, a gunshot wound to the head, or a fall. Part 3 in this 4 part series. Spanish version (en español)

Understanding TBI Part 4: The impact of a recent TBI on family members and what they can do to help with recovery
 
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident, a gunshot wound to the head, or a fall. Part 4 in this 4 part series. Spanish version (en español)

Concussion Recovery
This fact reviews symptoms, recovery, and long-term outcomes. It also talks about where to get support after a concussion. Spanish version (en español)

Social Skills After Traumatic Brain Injury
This fact sheet explains what social skills are, how a TBI may affect them, and some tips to improve them after a TBI. Spanish version (en español)

Vision Problems and Traumatic Brain Injury
This factsheet discusses the common types of vision problems after TBI, how problems affect day-to-day life, and managing vision problems. Spanish version (en español)

Couples’ Relationships after Traumatic Brain Injury
This factsheet will help couples understand some of the common changes they may notice in their relationship after TBI. Also, suggestions are given for ways that couples can address some of the more difficult changes they are experiencing. Spanish version (en español)

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
 
Inpatient rehabilitation is designed to help you improve function after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Spanish version (en español)

Memory and Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 
Memory problems are very common in people with moderate to severe TBI. Learn more about memory and TBI. Spanish version (en español)

Cognitive Problems
 
Cognition is the act of knowing or thinking. Learn more about cognitive problems with TBI and strategies for addressing them. Spanish version (en español)

Driving
 
A brain injury can affect the skills needed to drive safely. Learn more about driving after a brain injury. Spanish version (en español)

Emotional Problems
 
A brain injury can change the way people feel or express emotions. Learn more about emotional problems after a brain injury. Spanish version (en español)

Fatigue
 
Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness or lack of energy. Learn more about fatigue in individuals with TBI. Spanish version (en español)

Headaches
 
Headache is one of the most common symptoms after traumatic brain injury (often called post-traumatic headache). Spanish version (en español)

Returning to School
 
Parental involvement is critical when a young person is returning to school after a traumatic brain injury. Spanish version (en español)

Seizures
 
One of the problems that can occur after a traumatic brain injury is seizures. Spanish version (en español)

Sleep
 
Many people who have brain injuries suffer from sleep disturbances. Spanish version (en español)

Vegetative & Minimally Conscious States
 
Severe brain injury causes a change in consciousness. Brain injury can cause a wide range of disturbances of consciousness. Spanish version (en español)

Alcohol & TBI
 
Alcohol use and TBI are closely related. Up to two-thirds of people with TBI have a history of alcohol abuse or risky drinking. Spanish version (en español)

Balance Problems & TBI
 
People with traumatic brain injury (TBI) commonly report problems with balance. Spanish version (en español)

Depression
 
Depression is a feeling of sadness, loss, despair or hopelessness that does not get better over time and is overwhelming enough to interfere with daily life. Spanish version (en español)

Sexuality
 
Changes in sexual functioning are common after TBI. Spanish version (en español)

Loss of Smell or Taste After Traumatic Brain Injury 
This fact sheet explains the loss of the sense of smell or taste after TBI. Spanish version (en español)

Spasticity after TBI 
Spasticity is the uncontrolled tightening of your muscles caused by disrupted signals from the brain, common in persons with severe brain injuries. Learn more about symptoms, treatments, and options for managing muscle spasticity. Spanish version (en español)