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Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice

Doctor viewing x-rayTimely recognition and appropriate response is important in treating a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or concussion. Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent a concussion and to improve a patient's health outcomes through early diagnosis, management, and appropriate referral.

Individuals who sustain a concussion, including those who are not hospitalized or do not receive medical care, may experience long-term problems. Symptoms of a concussion may appear mild, but can lead to significant, life-long impairment affecting an individual's ability to function physically, cognitively, and psychologically.

CDC, in collaboration with an expert work group, has recently updated and revised the "Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice" tool kit. This tool kit contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information and tools, including:

  • a booklet with information on diagnosis and management of MTBI;
  • a patient assessment tool (Acute Concussion Evaluation or ACE);
  • a care plan to help guide a patient's recovery;
  • fact sheets in English and Spanish on preventing concussion;
  • a palm card for the on-field management of sports-related concussion; and
  • a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and additional MTBI resources.

Information for Physicians

Information for Patients

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
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    MS F-63
    Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
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