A traumatic brain injury refers to a violent blow to the head or body by an external force, which results in a disruption in the normal function of the brain. Injuries can range from mild concussions to permanent brain damage or even death. Common causes for traumatic brain injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports-related incidents and physical assaults.
At University of Florida Health, all neurologists and a specialized interdisciplinary team have been expertly trained to treat patients with traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI. However, we recognize that brain injuries affect more than just your physical condition, also making an impact from a cognitive, emotional and functional standpoint. Our patient-centric treatment programs are partly why UF Health exceeds national outcomes for helping people with brain injury return to their homes and communities at a functional level and in less time than comparable facilities.
The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health performs a wide range of clinical studies regarding traumatic brain injuries. At UF Health, these studies are offered in different forms. “Registry” studies track TBI patients over time and use the data collected to gain better knowledge of care needs and outcomes. Other studies evaluate the functional (gait, dexterity) and the cognitive (memory and thinking) changes. There are also studies that focus on the changes on brain imaging associated with TBI. There are studies that are aimed at developing biomarkers for diagnosis and to track any potential disease worsening. Finally, there are studies that test specific treatments for TBI.
The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health is home to the Trauma Concussion and Sports Medicine (TRACS) program. The TRACS program integrates and builds upon foundation to develop world class center of excellence for treatment, research, and education in Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program covers the spectrum of care and timeline of management in all settings. The TRACS program goes beyond the traditional compartments and silos of clinicians and researchers. The concept acknowledges that concussion and traumatic brain injury are complicated challenges that require teams to advance our knowledge and care. The program creates synergy and innovation by serving as a hub to facilitate connection and teamwork. The hub model links clinicians, researchers, and educators allowing us to “Learn as We Heal.” Pertinent clinical issues guide the research while innovations from research are rapidly disseminated into practice.