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Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice
A Tool Kit for Physicians

An estimated 75%-90% of the 1.4 million traumatic brain injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits that occur each year are concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI).

Many individuals who sustain an MTBI are not hospitalized or receive no medical care at all. An unknown proportion of those who are not hospitalized may experience long-term problems such as persistent headache, pain, fatigue, vision or hearing problems, memory problems, confusion, sleep disturbances, or mood changes. Symptoms of MTBI or concussion may appear mild, but can lead to significant, life-long impairment affecting an individual's ability to function physically, cognitively, and psychologically.

Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent MTBI or concussion and improve a patient's health outcomes through early diagnosis, management, and appropriate referral.

In response, CDC, in collaboration with an expert work group, has recently updated and revised the "Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice" tool kit. This tool kit is available free-of-charge and contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information and tools, including:

To order a free tool kit, click here.

View and download kit materials
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Information for Physicians: Information for Patients:
  • Introductory Letter

  • Facts for Physicians booklet

  • Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) form

  • ACE Care Plan
    • Work Version

    • School Version

  • Concussion in Sports palm card
  • Heads Up: Preventing Concussion fact sheet

Heads Up! Concussion Information for Physicians

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"The Acute Concussion Evaluation or ACE is an innovative assessment tool that can be used for the initial evaluation and diagnosis of patients with known or suspected concussion."

Dr. Jean Langlois, CDC

CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control-the Injury Center-invites your comments about the "Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice" tool kit. We are especially interested in knowing which materials you found most useful and your recommendations for ways to improve the tool kit. To provide comments, please
e-mail us at

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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Injury Response
Page last modified: June 14, 2007