Brain Injury Awareness Month

Green RibbonOver 2.8 million brain injuries occur annually in the US. They are often invisible–you may know someone living with one! Brain injuries can be caused by car accidents, falls, concussions, domestic violence, assaults, blast injuries, strokes, and more. They can occur to anyone, at any time, and can last a lifetime.

Join BEST for Brain Injury Awareness month as we explore the causes and prevalence of brain injury, common cognitive and emotional challenges, the impact of brain injury on everyday life, and the resilience of survivors on what is a lifelong journey.

Brain Injury Statistics

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  • 69 million traumatic brain injuries annually worldwide  
  • At least 1.8 million Americans each year sustain a TBI 
  • 2nd most prevalent disability in the US
  • Every 9 seconds a person in the U.S. experiences a brain injury.
  • $76.5 billion in annual costs for TBI alone in 2012 for care and lost productivity


  • According to CDC estimates, 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur yearly in the U.S.
  • 10% of all contact sport athletes sustain concussions yearly.
  • Brain injuries cause more deaths than any other sports injury.

These numbers understate the actual number of brain injuries because many people to not seek treatment and thus are not captured in the above statistics.

Stats provided from:

  • J Neurosurg 2018 Apr 1;1-18. doi: 10.3171/2017.10.JNS17352.

Impact of Brain Injury

Injuries impact all aspects of everyday life, disrupting: 

Learning & cognition

  • Inattention
  • Lack of focus
  • Memory
  • Self-regulation
  • Time management
  • Executive function
  • Confusion
  • Brain fog

Family dynamics

  • Relationships
  • Divorce
  • Family roles
  • Caregiver burdens
  • Communication

School performance

  • Learning
  • Grades & test scores
  • Social skills & relationships
  • Self-esteem


  • Loss of identity
  • Loss of social status
  • Loss of colleagues & relationships
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Loss of confidence
  • Loss of career after a lifetime of effort

Emotional well-being

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Frustration, anger & outbursts
  • Suicide
  • Isolation & loneliness
  • Impaired social skills
  • Impact on relationships
  • Feeling left behind by society


  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Thought organization
  • Auditory processing


  • Loss of job & income
  • Loss of future income and retirement savings
  • Loss of health insurance
  • Loss of home
  • Food & housing insecurity
  • Drain savings

Brain injury can have a profound impact even on those you don’t notice. Imagine investing a lifetime in learning, education, experience, and hard work to achieve your ideal job, professional status, and financial security, only to have it disappear without warning at the moment of brain injury. You feel robbed of your life and your future. Can you and your family survive the change?  How do you rebuild, relearn, and reframe a new future?

Brain Injury Stories

Traumatic Brain Injury
What if you became me?  That’s the question one BEST participant asked a neurologist after he dismissed her concerns about “average” and “above average” test scores after brain injury.  After decades of academic achievement and success as a trial lawyer, the survivor knew that her cognition, learning skills, memory, and processing speed were nowhere near what they used to be – or what they needed to be for her to continue her career as a lawyer.  She asked the Harvard MD/Johns Hopkins PhD if he could continue his career if he drove home that night, got in a car accident, and woke up tomorrow with her post-injury struggles.  What if you became me?  

Too many healthcare professionals dismiss the losses endured by professionals and other high achievers who spent lifetimes building their education and careers, only to see them lost in an instant. At BEST, we believe that all brain injury survivors deserve a chance to become the best they can be.

The Brain Injury Journey

Causes of Brain Injury

Care Challenges

Struggles – Decision-Making & Problem-Solving

Brain Injury Awareness — Rehab Process Part 1

Brain Injury Awareness — After Rehab Part 1

Brain Injury Awareness — Long-Term Implications Part 1

Prevalence of Brain Injury

Struggles – Attention & Memory

Struggles – Senses


Brain Injury Awareness — Rehab Process Part 2

Brain Injury Awareness — After Rehab Part 2

Brain Injury Awareness — Long-Term Implications Part 2

BEST Brain Injury Awareness Month Webinar Series

BEST is offering two webinars for Brain Injury Awareness Month:

Pace Yourself to Help Manage Neurofatigue

Saturday, March 11, 2023 @ 10 AM PT

Neurofatigue is one of the most significant challenges survivors deal with after brain injury. In fact, between 50- 70% of survivors complain of fatigue. Neurofatigue is different from what most of us think of as fatigue. It is debilitating, doesn’t resolve with sleep, and can last for days. This webinar will focus on the following:

  • the difference between fatigue and neurofatigue
  • common metaphors used to describe neurofatigue
  • symptoms of neurofatigue
  • strategies to address neurofatigue

Build Your Self-Efficacy after Brain Injury

Saturday, March 25, 2023 @ 10 AM PT

Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to succeed in a particular situation. It is often negatively impacted after brain injury.

This webinar will focus on the following:

  • the difference between self-efficacy, self-confidence, and self-esteem
  • signs of low vs. high self-efficacy
  • the importance of developing self-efficacy
  • ways to develop self-efficacy