Upcoming Events

BIA-MO Social Recreation:

All BIA-MO Social Recreation events at this time have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For Questions: Call 314-426-4024 or email Will Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, at will@biamo.org.

 Upcoming Support Group Meetings

Contact William Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, at will@biamo.org to receive information regarding updated schedule of Support Group meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Download BIA-MO Support Group listing

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education for 2021 will be online. Educators, healthcare and sports professionals may participate in online Educational Sessions, Concussion Conversations and Get Schooled on Concussions. There will also be ongoing resources of individualized academic Tip strategies and Sheets to support the concussed youth.

Participation in components of the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021 will enhance outcomes for concussed youth and the prevention of concussions.

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Educational Sessions
Recorded educational sessions to watch in January 2021. Sessions will range from 30 to 60 minutes.

Sports Concussions: Fact and Fallacies
Discussion to include concussion definition, signs and symptoms, short- and long-term effects, and more.

Greg Canty, MD
Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Medical Director, Sports Medicine Center
Children’s Mercy Kansas City

New Frontiers: Research Update

Review of current research and media headlines related to concussions.

Mark Halstead, MD
Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist
Co-Director, Young Athlete Center
St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Physicians

Sideline Dos and Don’ts
Practical suggestions for coaches, team managers and other authorized sideline personnel to properly manage a possible concussion to reduce the risks of short- and long-term effects for the youth.

Brent Holtgrewe, MS, ATC,
Director of Athletic Healthcare Services

Get Schooled on Concussions
Discussion of how a concussion may affect learning for the concussed youth and introduction to the Get Schooled on Concussions website resources.

Karen McAvoy, PsyD
Co-Creator and Founder
Get Schooled on Concussions

Concussion Conversations
Online question and answer sessions with panel of experts including medical, school and youth sports personnel. Questions are to be submitted prior to the live discussions after watching the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers educational sessions. The link to participate in the Concussion Conversation of choice will be provided within your registration confirmation. Participation in one of the Concussion Conversations is recommended.

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 4 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Get Schooled on Concussions for Missouri
Online resources to complement the sessions and conversations of the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers education 2021.

The Get Schooled on Concussions website and resources will be available FREE of charge to EVERY SCHOOL in Missouri for calendar year 2021. The Get Schooled on Concussions program was developed by education and concussion specialists to help teachers support any student in “return to learn” after sustaining a concussion. A short questionnaire on educational content, teaching style, environment and student factors provides strategies tailored to support a specific student. Various educator-oriented Tip Sheets and videos are also available. This resource and website access is available through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services TBI Grant.

Registration for the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021 is required.

Online: Registration Form

Email: Concussions@biamo.org

Phone: 314-426-4024 or 1-800-444-6443

Fax: Download Registration Form and fax to 314-426-3290

Your registration confirmation will include the link and log-in information for each portion of the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorship reflects your commitment to protect youth through educational programming for coaches, athletic team administrators, school personnel and recreational league staff. Promotional material and event recognition increases awareness of your services and support for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

Download Sponsorship Brochure

Online Sponsorship Form

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Concussion Conversation Sponsors

            Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy                  Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center

Get Schooled on Concussions Sponsor

Missouri Athletic Trainer’s Association

Education Sponsors

Missouri Institute of Mental Health                        Missouri United School Insurance Council

SSM Cardinal Glennon SportsCare

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0040-02-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

Survivor and Family Seminar

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in Southwest and Western Missouri in Spring and Eastern Missouri in October.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Survivor and Family Seminars have been cancelled for 2020.

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to be added to the mailing list for the 2021 Survivor and Family Seminars.

BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp

This week of recreation, socialization and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) and continues its positive impact today.

The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held at Sunnyhill Adventures in Dittmer, Missouri for persons with a brain injury.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the BIA-MO Wilderness Camp 2020 has to be cancelled and will not be re-scheduled this summer. This difficult decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all Campers and Camp staff.

During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art and enjoying the outdoors.  Activities like swimming, fishing, target shooting and paddle boating are also fun for Campers!

Just the Facts 

  • What: BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
  • Who: Survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and older
  • Where: Sunnyhill Adventure Camp, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, MO 63023
  • When: Summer 2021
  • Why: Survivors enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and independence, while family members and caregivers stay home for a week of respite.
  • How: The cost for the camp is $390 for Missouri residents and $475 for out-of-state residents. Scholarships are available if needed. A contracted Camp fee of $550 per person is charged to BIA-MO. If you are able to pay closer to this amount, please do so to help scholarships be available for other Campers.

Camp Frequently Asked Questions…

  • Transportation: In most cases, Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp. Van transportation is available from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp registration.
  • Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, sports and games, zip lining, paddle boating, Alpine Tower and more!
  • Evening Activities – Bonfie, Dinner Dance, Talent Show, Pool Party and Bingo
  • Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. However, it is not a “Special Medical Needs” Camp as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA) and some Campers with complex medical needs may need to provide their own PCA.
  • Sunnyhill Adventure Camp – They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have served individuals with special needs for more than 40 years. Learn more about Sunnyhill Adventures.
  • Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help cover some or all of the Camp Fee.
  • Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log laps around the pool or designated Campground areas, and win prizes while doing so! Family, friends and neighbors may donate a fixed amount for each lap a Camper walks, floats or swims while at Camp. Donations support the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Camp Scholarships.


Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance for their Camp Fee.

Your donation of $390 or more provides Full Scholarship assistance for a Camper. Your generosity of any amount will support partial scholarships and program support to ensure Campers who want to attend Camp have the opportunity for this week of fun, relaxation and independence.

Make Your Sponsor-A-Camper Donation now!

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 1-800-444-6443 or Contact Us with questions about Camp or additional suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees

What is Bowling for Brain Injury? 

An opportunity to make a difference for survivors of brain injury and their families.

Your participation in Bowling for Brain Injury, which is the national fundraiser of the Brain Injury Association, will provide support and services for survivors of brain injury and their families in Missouri.

Why Participate in Bowling for Brain Injury?

  • Help survivors of brain injury and family members know they are not alone.
  • Provide support as individuals and families adjust to life with brain injury.
  • Offer information regarding brain injury resources.
  • Educate survivors and families about life-changes due to brain injury.
  • Join this fun event for individuals of all abilities – – with bowling alley accessibility, lane adaption and bowling assistance devices.
  • Make Bowling for Brain Injury a great fundraiser for all.

Have Questions? Email bowling@biamo.org or call 1-800-444-6443 or 314-426-4024 to be added to the Bowling for Brain Injury 2021 email list

How To Help
  • Click on the online donation link.

  • Mail a check to:

    Donation Mailing Address
    Brain Injury Association of Missouri
    2265 Schuetz Rd
    Saint Louis, MO  63146-3409


Bowling for Brain Injury continues on June 11 in Kansas City and June 15 in St. Louis. More than $25,000 has been raised so far. There is still time to participate and help others! Learn more about Bowling for Brain
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St. Louis (Northwest) Support Group

Online Only

St. Louis (Northwest) – Third Wednesday of Month at 7:00 pm. Due to COVID, this Group is currently meeting ONLINE ONLY. Contact BIA-MO at (314) 426-4024 for login information. Survivors will meet from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Family members will beet from 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Contact: BIA-MO Office, (314) 426-4024.

St. Louis (South/Southwest) Support Group – In-Person and Online

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital 1015 Bowles Avenue, Fenton, MO

St. Louis (South/Southwest) – Fourth Tuesday of Month at 7:00 pm. Contact BIA-MO at (314) 426-4024 for online login information. SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Conference Center (Downstairs), Meeting Room F, 1015 Bowles Ave, Fenton, MO 63026 Contact: BIA-MO Office, (314) 426-4024 for online login information. *Please take the stairs/elevator to the lover level and [...]