Honoring National Concussion Awareness Day 2022
September 13, 2022
Fairfax, VA – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is proud to promote awareness of concussions for National Concussion Awareness Day on September 16, 2022. We are collaborating with Brooke Mills, a brain injury survivor and founder of National Concussion Awareness Day, and TeachAids, creators of the Concussion Story Wall and CrashCourse to get the word out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 75% of the 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occurring each year are concussions, making it the most commonly diagnosed type of TBI. Millions more people who suffer from concussions, however, go undiagnosed, dismissing their injury as “just a bump on the head.” The effects of concussion can be long lasting and serious, and there is considerable misinformation about this injury.
This year, BIAA will be sharing facts and stories across our social media channels, with the help of Brooke Mills and TeachAids, to provide insight into concussion. Individuals who have sustained concussions are invited to share their stories using the #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay hashtag.
By engaging in a conversation around the lived experience of concussion, BIAA hopes to reduce stigma, amplify the voices of survivors, and promote a better understanding of this invisible epidemic.
BIAA will also be advocating on Capitol Hill to get a resolution passed to officially recognize National Concussion Awareness Day.
- Brain Injury Association of America: About mTBI/Concussion
- BIAA Concussion Fact Sheets
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What Is a Concussion?
- CrashCourse: Concussion Education by TeachAids
- CrashCourse: Concussion Story Wall
- Recorded Webinars: Robert Sbordone Memorial mTBI/Concussion Lecture
Are you looking for personalized support or resources after sustaining a concussion? Contact the National Brain Injury Information Center at 1-800-444-6443.
About the Brain Injury Association of America:
The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.
About Brooke Mills:
Brooke became an advocate after sustaining her own concussion in gym class as a freshman at Concord High School in New Hampshire. After spending two years recovering from chronic headaches, vertigo, and memory loss, she remembers all too well feeling misunderstood, alone, and scared. She founded National Concussion Awareness Day in 2016 to ensure that others would better understand the injury and never feel alone.
TeachAids is an award-winning social venture that creates breakthrough technology to solve persistent problems in health education around the world. TeachAids’ latest health education initiative, CrashCourse, educates youth on the prevention and treatment of concussions.