NeuroRestorative Locations Across the Country Participate in Events to Raise Awareness

BIAA PSA Brain Injury Awareness Month 2011The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 135,000 sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, are treated in emergency rooms in the United States annually.  Although most individuals recover from concussions, their potential for repeated brain injury is increased and if it does reoccur, the results can be serious or even fatal.

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NeuroRestorative will support the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) in its continued efforts to emphasize the importance of prevention and diagnosis of sports-related concussions through its nationwide education and advocacy campaign: "A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts."

“As the nation’s largest provider of post-acute services for individuals with brain injury, I am proud to see NeuroRestorative programs across the country participating in Brain Injury Awareness Month,” said Bill Duffy, COO of NeuroRestorative.

NeuroRestorative Pennsylvania is participating with a booth at the 6th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day and Brain Safety Fair held on March 19th, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. The fair is an opportunity for TBI survivors to learn about the services available for them in the community. In addition to this event, NeuroRestorative Pennsylvania will also host its annual dinner for the Erie Area Brain Injury Support Group, a local group associated with the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie. The group offers support and educational opportunities for discharged patients and their families.

“As one of the only brain injury facilities in the city of Erie, we feel it is important to raise awareness about the local resources available to brain injury survivors and their families,” said Scott Jenco, Program Director for NeuroRestorative Pennsylvania.

NeuroRestorative Maryland plans to recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month by participating in Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 16th. The day will consist of a Brain Injury Awareness Fair, a Congressional briefing on “Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Re-entry: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead,” and a reception. According to Sunny Pippins, Program Director for NeuroRestorative Maryland, the goal for the day is to bring lawmakers and advocates together to discuss the needs of individuals living with brain injury and highlight resources available to support survivors and their families.

Be sure to check back as we support Brain Injury Awareness Month with weekly news updates on www.neurorestorative.com/news.

To learn more about traumatic brain injury and the BIAA or how you can help spread awareness of brain injury, visit the Brain Injury Association of America website.