About This Course

This course is for civilian health care workers who will be seeing military service members — veterans or members of the National Guard or Reserve — who had a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI or concussion) and now have ongoing related symptoms. More than 200,000 American men and women have incurred a concussion during their service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and a significant number of these men and women will experience other medical concerns in addition to their mTBI. For people who have ongoing symptoms, experts are now treating traumatic brain injury as a chronic health condition. A small but significant percentage of people will have problems that persist beyond the immediate time frame of the injury.

Watch this video segment from Capt. J.L. Hancock, who sustained a concussion/mTBI in Afghanistan:

Capt. J.L. Hancock Shares His Story and His Questions

Capt. J.L. Hancock discusses his persistent symptoms after sustaining a deployment-related traumatic brain injury.

This course will help you identify and treat the co-occurring conditions that are common in deployment-related concussion.

Family nurse practitioner Helen Coronel describes the important role of primary health care providers in treating both the acute symptoms of concussion and the co-occurring conditions that may continue to cause problems after the resolution of the concussion injury itself.

Treating Concussion at the Primary Care Level

Oftentimes, though in a civilian population, what you're dealing with isn't an acute concussion. You're dealing with these co-occurring conditions which have been brewing for a long time…