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The Brain Injury Association of Georgia is committed to educating survivors, their family members and friends, as well as the many professionals who work with the brain injured. Our dedicated volunteers have comprised a useful library of educational materials which include articles, book lists, seminars and more to provide you with the knowledge you need to help yourself and your loved one. We also offer various seminars throughout the year for professionals. We invite you to take advantage of these educational resources and opportunities.



Brain Injury Association of America BIAA offers brain injury webinars throughout the year, many are continuing education credits. Click HERE to go to their website to view and register their current listing of webinars

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Introduction and Statistics
About Brain Injury

* Brain injury may be caused by a sudden insult to the brain from an
external force (traumatic brain injury, “TBI”). Not all blows and jolts to
the head cause a TBI.  The severity may be from “mild”  (a brief change in
mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (an extended period of
unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury).  A TBI can result in short or
long-term problems with independent function.
* An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that has
occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative.
Causes of ABI include  TBI, Tumors, blood clots, strokes, seizures, toxic
exposures, infections, metabolic disorders, neurotoxic poisoning and lack of
oxygen to the brain.  
* Brain injury can cause challenging cognitive (Problems with memory,
information processing, concentration, judgment, initiating activities and
others) , physical (Seizures, muscle spasms, fatigue, headaches, balance
problems and others),psychosocial behavior and emotional impairments
(depression, mood swings, anxiety, impulsivity, agitation and others). 
* Brain injury is a silent epidemic and continues to be a largely
unrecognized major public health problem. 
* Brain injury affects the individual, family, friends, coworkers and
many other social networks.  Roles in an relationship change, financial
ramifications can be extensive.
* Brain injuries are the hallmark injury for veterans returning from
the Iraq war. Visit our Veteran section to learn about our
programs and resources for veterans and their families.
* Click HERE to go to BIAA’s
website to learn about brain injury causes, risk factors, symptoms, type,
brain maps and levels of brain injury.
* Click HERE  to go to BIAWA for helpful educational listing of resource categories about brain injury from basics to behaviors to stress management.

Brain Injury Statistics:

* Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and
disability in children and young adults.
* The leading causes of TBI in Georgia in 2008 were: Falls (49.88%);
MVA’s (24.36%); Being struck by an object or person (14.3%); Violence
* Seven times more people experience TBI each year than HIV/AIDS, and
breast cancer combined.
* 5.3 million Americans, more than 2% of the population, live with
disabilities as a result of TBI
* In Georgia alone, an average of 150,000 people have permanent
disabilities caused by brain injuries. Annually, approximately 50,000
Georgians suffer brain injuries, with an estimated more than 3,000 of these
injuries resulting in permanent disabilities.
* Only 20% of persons with brain injury are able to get rehabilitation
and other services needed to aid recovery because of high costs, insurance
gaps, widespread lack of knowledge about brain injury, and shortage of
* Brain injury often impoverishes families and costs society $48.3
billion annually.   
* About 75% of TBI’s that occur each year are concussions or other
forms of mild TBI

Stats from: CDC BSITFC and

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TBI and the LAW


Living with Brain Injury

Veterans and Dependents

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Lash Publishing   By clicking on this link, you will be redirected to an online bookstore that is dedicated to Brain Injury


A Suggested Book List from Brain Injury Survivors and Their Caregivers




1. The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook

By Douglas J. Mason

Very thorough.  Gives an overview of traumatic brain injury (TBI), then breaks it down into all of the individual problems associated with TBI … anatomy of the brain, what happens to the brain after TBI, measuring the severity, setting goals, medical care, physical aspects of TBI, how the senses are involved, cognitive issues and emotions.  Throughout this book there are a lot of mental exercises … mazes, number and letter searches, abstract puzzles, etc.


2.  Brain Disorders Source Book

By Cicala

A thorough book on brain injury.


3.  Brain Injury Medicine:  Principles and Practice

By Katz Zasler and Zafonte

A comprehensive guide to all aspects of the management issues involved in caring for the person with brain injury – from early diagnosis and evaluation through the post-acute period and rehabilitation.


4.  Brain on a String (And Other Strategies for Staying Organized When Gray Matter Isn’t Working Like It Used To)

By P.J.Long, Psychotherapist

A book to help you stay on top of everyday chores.


5.  Living With Brain Injury:  A Guide for Families

By Richard Senelick, MD & Karla Dougherty

The authors believe that there is a life after brain injury.

They provide a guide to help you accomplish this.


6.  The Brain That Changes Itself --- Stories of Personal Triumph From the Frontiers of Brain Science

You will find this book in the Science aisle. Dr. Doidge provides a summary of the current revolution in neuroscience.  He explores the the fact that the age-old distinction between the brain and the mind is changing, as the power of positive thinking finally gain scientific credibility. Various stories about recoveries, treatments, and new methods are presented

and used to explain the fact the the brain can be “rewired” and “remapped”.


7.  Head Injury:  The Facts, A Guide for Families and Caregivers

By Dorothy Gronwell, Phillip Wrightson, and Peter Waddel

Explains that a person injured with a brain injury can gradually rebuild a

meaningful life again.  


8.  Missing Pieces:  Mending the Head Injury Family

By Marilyn Colter

This book will help your family know that there are thousands of other people just like yourselves that have been through this same experience.  Provides hope and understanding.




1.   Smile and Jump High (The True Story of Overcoming a Brain Injury)

By Daniel J. Lloyd and Shannon L, Kehoe

Starlight Press  Monroe, GA    770-266-7791


2.  Over My Head:  A Doctor’s Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking


By Claudia L. Osborn


3.  My Reality Check Bounced:  Humor from a Brain Injury Perspective

By Brain Injury Survivors Editorial Board

Edited by:  John Youngbauer, Mandy Goodnight, Jeanne Hetherington


4.  Coping With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed. D. and Barbara Albers Hill

Dr. Stoler is a brain injury survivor.  This book covers every aspect of brain injury             such as:  how the brain works; how the brain can be injured; procedures used to diagnose and treat the brain; common physical, mental, and psychological symptoms of brain injury; suggestions for coping; advice on financial, insurance, family matters, the rehabilitation process and possible outcomes; etc.


5.  In An Instant (A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing)

By Lee and Bob Woodruff

This is the true story of how ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff sustained a brain injury in January 2006 while in Iraq, and how he and his family coped with his injury and recovery process.  This is a frank, compelling, yet heartfelt account. Their story is told from both Lee (his wife) and Bob’s perspectives.


6.  I’ll Carry the Fork, Recovering a Life after B.I. (Brain Injury)

By Kara L. Swanson

A moving, first person account of living with TBI.


7.  When Life Doesn’t Stick To The Game Plan …because the doctor has bad news

By Carol A. Hacker

Note:  This book may be purchased by calling, faxing, or emailing Carol Hacker:

770-410-0517 or Fax 770-667-9801

All profits from this book are donated to the brain injury cause.

Carol is a brain tumor survivor.  She sensitively shares her personal story of diagnosis and recovery along with practical tips and techniques.


8.   How to Conquer the World With One Hand and an Attitude

By Paul E. Berger and Stephanie Mensh

An inspiring uplifting story of stroke recovery.  (A stroke patient’s brain injury

is very similar to other brain injuries.)


9.   Recovery In Poetry

By Debbie Renfro

A beautiful book of poetry written by a brain injury survivor to help with her

recovery process.

Read Debbie’s book at:


10.  Rambling Down Life’s Road

By Kevin Pettit

Provides unedited excerpts from his diary following his brain injury.  This book is meant to give you a view from the inside out of what it’s like to have a  traumatic brain injury, to encourage you to avoid having and causing a brain injury, and to get you to laugh.


 11.  In Search of Wings

By Beverley Bryant

Beverley describes her efforts, following a brain injury, to adapt her work as a gymnastics judge and ultimately to find a new profession to regain her self-esteem and confidence.


12.  To Wherever Oceans Go

By Beverley Bryant

An inspiring and true story of recovery.  It is the fabric of one woman who refused to set limits on her potential.


 13.  Brain on a String (And Other Strategies for Staying Organized When Gray Matter Isn’t Working Like It Used To)

By P.J.Long, Psychotherapist

A book to help you stay on top of everyday chores.


 14.  Gifts from the Broken Jar

By P.J.Long, Psychotherapist

Tells the quieter tale of savoring the ordinary and discovering life’s wonders.


 15.  Every Good Boy Does Fine

By Tim Laskowski

Tells story of wanting to fit into the world without being pitied, looked down upon, or repulsed.


 16.  Cracked:  Recovering After Traumatic Brain Injury

By Lynsey Calderwood


 17.  TBI Hell:  A Traumatic Brain Injury Really Sucks

By Geo Gosling

A recent college graduate who is single, explains his “TBI Torture” of being surrounded by young cute women, but being in no shape to impress them.  



BOOKS FROM CAREGIVERS (Of Brain Injured Survivors):


 1.    In An Instant (A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing)

By Lee and Bob Woodruff

This is the true story of how ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff sustained a brain injury in January 2006 while in Iraq, and how he and his family coped with his injury and recovery process.  This is a frank, compelling, yet heartfelt account. Their story is told from both Lee (his wife) and Bob’s perspectives.


 2.  Where Is the Mango Princess?

By Cathy Crimmins

A poignant memoir of brain injury recovery, told by a caregiving spouse.


 3.   A Change of Mind

By Janelle Biagion

Janelle recalls the complex and confusing world of brain injury she and her family entered when her husband was injured in a motorcycle crash while on duty as a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman.


 4.   Ketchup on the Baseboard

By Carolyn Rocchio

Tells the personal story of Carolyn’s family’s journey after her son, Tim, sustained a brain injury.  Chronicling his progress over more than 20 years, she describes the many stages of his recovery along with the complex emotions and changing dynamics of her family and their expectations.


5.   Being With Rachel:  A Story of Memory and Survival

By Karen Brennan

Written by Rachel’s husband, this book describes what they went through, and his feelings and emotions.


 6.  Crooked Smile: One Family’s Journey Toward Healing

By Lainie Cohen

A family’s son is injured, and is not given a good prognosis. This book tells his recovery process.


 7.  A Three Dog Life:  A Memoir

By Abigail Thomas 

A wife, Abigail, tells the story of her husband’s injury.


8.  Brain Storm: A Journey Of Faith Through Brain Injury

By Laura and Bruce Allen

Brain Storm is the story of Bruce and Laura Allen who, when confronted with the immeasurable challenges of brain injury, found courage, determination, and strength from God to forge through the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of Bruce's intense and often heartbreaking recovery.


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The Georgia Concussion Coalition (GCC) is a collaborative organization that brings together a diverse group of individuals and organizations across the state of Georgia that are working together to improve the safety of youth athletics, specifically related to sports concussion. Our mission is to advocate for strong injury prevention programs and provide awareness and education on the recognition, diagnosis, and management of sports induced brain injuries. Learn More About Our Work

A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts Brain Injury Association of Georgia proudly announces a sports concussion training is now available for youths of all ages through high school, including youths, teammates, coaches, trainers, teachers, nurses and parents. Learn how to prevent sports concussions as well as to identify signs and symptoms if a sports concussion occurs.

As we want to ensure that our youth who play sports play it safe, the Brain Injury Association of Georgia has taken an active role in putting together a training curriculum on sports concussions for schools and youth sports organizations through high school. This training has been developed through interactions with trainers, players, coaches, parents whose youth athletes are living with the affects of a brain injury and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Elements of this training are also recognized by the National Football League.

Schedule A Training Today! To schedule a training session for your school or organization, please call Clint Sitton or Marsha Still at the Brain Injury Association of Georgia at 404-712-5504

Concussion and Mild TBI  - CDC  has an informative and educational section that covers What is a Concussion, What are the signs and symptoms, What should I do, What can I do to help fell better after a concussion, what can I do to help prevent concussion and other forms of TBI and where can I find support and additional resources.  Click here 

Concussion in Sports  - A new FREE on-line training self-study from the CDC helps prepare Coaches and Parents in less than 30 minutes. Click here

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