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DCoE March Webinar: Dizziness After Mild TBI

By DCoE Public Affairs on March 20, 2013

Doctor supervising service member on balance board
Lt. Cdr. Scott Mitchell, officer-in-charge of the Carl R. Darnell Traumatic Brain Injury clinic at Fort Hood, Texas, helps a patient practice with a balance board at the clinic's Functional Rehabilitation Center. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host its next webinar, “Dizziness Post Mild TBI Evaluation and Management,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) March 28.  


Service members exposed to blasts or explosions are at risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury. A common symptom after a mild TBI is dizziness, which results from damages to the vestibular system, or functions of the inner ear. Dizziness can cause balance issues that come with a high risk of falling and sustaining further brain injury or broken bones. Further, maintaining balance is necessary for most daily functions and many types of activi­ties, such as sports, driving and work.


Health care providers have a unique opportunity to identify dizziness in service members following mild TBI and refer them for further vestibular evaluation and care.  Early recognition and treatment are predictors of better results.


This webinar will:

  • Review the impact of dizziness following mild TBI on a service member’s quality of life
  • Describe assessment methods for vestibular disorders in patients diagnosed with mild TBI
  • Identify interventions for managing dizziness associated with mild TBI

Featured speaker:

  • Erik Viirre, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Neurosciences adjunct professor

All professionals who care for service members are encouraged to attend, including service members and their families. Register now or review further information.


Continuing education credit is available from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.


Contracted companies are responsible for their employee development and training. Contractors should review their respective scope of work or personnel qualification guidelines to ensure they meet minimum requirements. The authority for training of contractors is at the discretion of the chief contracting official. Currently, only those contractors with a relevant scope of work or with commensurate contract language are permitted in this training.


Please note: Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) March 25. Register before the deadline to be eligible to receive continuing education credit for attending this webinar. Saint Louis University has reviewed the March webinar and has determined that social work continuing education credit will not be awarded for this event.


Upcoming 2013 webinars:

  • April 25 — Military Children and Coping with Grief and Loss
  • May 16 — Mental Health and the National Guard/Reserves
  • Jun 27 — Sleep

Follow us on Twitter@DCoEPage during the 2013 webinars for live tweeting. Use #DCoEWebinar to join the conversation.

Comments (2)

  • lisa kehmeier 20 Mar

    I am very interested
  • DCoE Public Affairs 21 Mar

    @Lisa, Great! Please be sure to register for the webinar at

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