Brain Injury Association of Missouri News

Give STL Day 2024

Thank you for supporting the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for Give STL Day on May 9, 2024. Your Give STL Day donations will have a big impact for survivors of brain injury and their families. They will know help is available, hope is essential, and healing is ahead.

Bowling for Brain Injury 2024

Bowling for Brain Injury is an opportunity to raise awareness about brain injury, help others, and have fun with family, friends and colleagues! Brain Injury is the reason. Bowling is the activity. Participation is the heart. Learn more about Bowling for Brain Injury.

Give STL Day 2024

Brain Injury Association of Missouri is excited to participate in Give STL Day on May 9, 2024. Your Give STL Day donation will have a big impact for survivors of brain injury and their families. They will know help is available, hope is essential, and healing is ahead.

March 31 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Support Groups, Resource Services, and Family Seminars through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri help survivors and families know they are not alone. Support and education answer questions about brain injury, identify resources within the community, and provide information about farming with disabilities.

March 30 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Changes in personality may result from brain injury. After a bump or blow to the head or body that may have caused a brain injury, someone you love may be more anxious, dependent, angry, shy, or even more outgoing and friendly. Despite a lack of visible injury to the head, there could be damage to the brain causing the changes in personality.

March 29 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can go untreated if there are no visible signs of the injury, such as from a fall. With falls being the leading cause of brain injury among individuals 65 and older, farmers are at high risk of sustaining a brain injury that may affect balance, vision, memory, problem solving, fatigue, and more.

March 28 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

The rural death rate in Missouri from motor vehicle crashes is higher than the urban rate. Accidents on rural roadways result in more deaths due to curvier roads, higher driving speeds, and limited healthcare infrastructure to meet the emergency needs of the person. Seatbelt use saves lives and reduces brain injuries.

March 26 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Short and long-term effects of brain injury can be blurry vision, poor balance, or constant headaches that interfere with operating your farm or ranch. Brain injury may put you at greater risk for another injury or incident such as a fall, being struck by an object, or chronic pain. Treatment for symptoms and taking precautions can reduce your risk of secondary injuries.

March 25 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

More than 19,000 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 were hospitalized for brain injury in 2018. Another 21,000 young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 who sustained a brain injury were hospitalized for their injuries. Individuals in these age groups are our future and beginning farmers.

March 24 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

More than 223,000 non-fatal brain injury-related hospitalizations occurred in 2018. Current leading causes are falls and motor vehicle crashes. Other causes include struck by or against an object, assault and self-harm. Nearly eight percent of brain injuries have an unknown cause.

March 23 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

There is an average of 283,000 U.S. emergency department visits each year for youth who sustain a sports and recreation-related concussion. However, as many as 50 percent of concussions may be unreported. Signs of a concussion include dizziness, blurred vision, slurred words, appearing dazed, walking or running off balance, headache, or a change in sleep patterns – just to name a few.

March 22 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a long-term disability resulting from brain injury. Each year another 80,000 to 90,000 individuals in rural and urban communities become permanently disabled from a brain injury. The disabilities may include limited mobility, short-term memory, inability to concentrate, poor balance, blurry or double vision, depression, and chronic pain. Farming, ranching, and other professions may be affected.

March 21 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury changes life for the injured person as well as his or her family. Due to changes in the physical abilities, cognitive functioning, balance, vision, fatigue, and emotions of the injured person, the spouse or children may increase or change their responsibilities with the family farm. Modifications to equipment and farming operation may be helpful too.

March 20 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Helmets can reduce the risk of bicycle related head and brain injuries by up to 88%. In 2021, 966 bicyclists died on U.S. roads due to accidents, which is why it is important to always wear your helmet. Bicyclists with the most fatalities are individuals between the ages of 55 and 64. Riders between the ages of 10 and 20 had more than 11.000 injuries. Cyclists of all ages at all times, should wear a properly fitted, approved helmet.

March 19 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Being thrown off a horse, getting kicked in the head by livestock, tripping over a fallen branch, surviving a near drowning, or having a stroke are all examples of brain injury causes. The day starts off like many others, then the unforeseen happens – a brain injury. Changes in your thinking, concentration, physical capabilities, emotions, vision, or balance are impacted.

March 18 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Effects from brain injury may include short-term memory loss, difficulty processing information, and shortened attention span. Physical changes may include limited use of arms, legs, or hands. Brain injury-related changes can make it more difficult to farm or may keep you from farming. However, modified equipment or alternative methods may be helpful options to support farmers with brain injury.

March 17 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet has shown to be effective safety equipment to prevent brain injuries and deaths for riders. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injuries from motorcycle crashes by 69 percent and deaths by 37 percent. An estimated 60 motorcyclist lives in Missouri were saved by helmet use in 2017. The economic cost savings from motorcycle helmet use for that year in Missouri was more than $100 million.

March 14 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can change how a person thinks, feels, acts, and moves. Life is changed in an instant. Brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime – it does not discriminate. Military personnel, farmers, senior adults, young children, and teenagers are all high-risk populations for brain injury.

March 13 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can impact the way you manage your farming or ranching operation. Damage to the brain from an accident, crash, fall, stroke, hit by object, or other injury may cause difficulty remembering and staying on task. You may get tired easily and need more breaks to rest. There may also be a change in your ability to walk or stand due to balance or vision.

March 12 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Research shows 65 percent of persons with brain injury find it difficult to find, change or advance at work. The TBI Needs Assessment – Employment and Volunteering 2022 report shows that 81 percent of survey respondents have worked since their injury. Work is important to the survivors and they enjoy it. However, there are challenges.

March 9 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet is effective in saving lives, preventing brain injuries, and saving taxpayer dollars. There were 175 individuals who died in motorcycle crashes on Missouri roadways in 2023. These deaths occurred on rural roads, city streets, and interstates.

March 8 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Youth are at high risk of brain injuries from sports, falls, bicycle accidents, motor vehicle crashes, farming accidents, and as a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. Rural Missouri youth are our future farmers. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) was diagnosed in more than 16,000 hospitalizations of youth in 2019. Total hospitalizations were more than 223,000 that year. 2,774 youth died from brain injury in 2020. The total TBI-related deaths that year were 64,362.

March 7 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

In Missouri, an estimated 120,000 individuals are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury. This can include physical, visual, mental, or comprehension disabilities. Employment, transportation, rehabilitation, and recreational services provide survivors an opportunity to live a quality life with brain injury.

March 6 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Falling from horseback, being kicked in the head, and unmounting activities can result in horse-related brain injuries for riders. Prevention is the best cure for brain injury. Wear an approved helmet when horseback riding recreationally or working on the farm or ranch.

March 5 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

The death rate from stroke for rural Missouri residents was higher than urban residents between 2017 and 2021. However, strokes were still the fifth leading cause of death for both rural and urban Missouri residents within the same years. A stroke can sometimes cause temporary or permanent disabilities. Signs of a stroke are face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.

BIA-MO Camp 2023

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) One Day Regional Camps were held in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis in Spring and Fall 2023. Camp activities included arts and crafts, games and music as well as enjoying nature and spending time with others.

Bowling for Brain Injury 2023

Fun for everyone!! Form a Team or sign-up as an Individual Bowler. You provide the information and your personalized fundraising page will be created for you. Then you simply send an email or social media post to invite family, friends, and colleagues to support your fundraising efforts to help others.

March 31 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Support Groups, Resource Services, and Family Seminars through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri help survivors and families know they are not alone. Support and education answer questions about brain injury, identify resources within the community, and provide information about farming with disabilities.

March 30 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

More than 19,000 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 were hospitalized for brain injury in 2018. Another 21,000 young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 who sustained a brain injury were hospitalized for their injuries. Individuals in these age groups are our future and beginning farmers.

March 29 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Short and long-term effects of brain injury can be blurry vision, poor balance, or constant headaches that interfere with operating your farm or ranch. Brain injury may put you at greater risk for another injury or incident such as a fall, being struck by an object, or chronic pain. Treatment for symptoms and taking precautions can reduce your risk of secondary injuries.

March 28 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Changes in personality may result from brain injury. After a bump or blow to the head or body that may have caused a brain injury, someone you love may be more anxious, dependent, angry, shy, or even more outgoing and friendly. Despite a lack of visible injury to the head, there could be damage to the brain causing the changes in personality.

March 27 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can impact the way you manage your farming or ranching operation. Damage to the brain from an accident, crash, fall, stroke, hit by object, or other injury may cause difficulty remembering and staying on task. You may get tired easily and need more breaks to rest. There may also be a change in your ability to walk or stand due to balance or vision.

March 26 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Every nine seconds someone sustains a brain injury. One of every 60 people lives with a TBI-related disability. More than 64,000 people died from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2020 and another 223,000 were hospitalized for brain injury. This represents 176 deaths and 611 hospitalizations per day in the U.S.

March 25 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can go untreated if there are no visible signs of the injury, such as a fall. With falls being the leading cause of brain injury among individuals 65 and older, farmers are at high risk of sustaining a brain injury that may affect balance, vision, memory, problem solving, fatigue, and more.

March 24 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

There is an average of 283,000 U.S. emergency department visits each year for youth who sustain a sports and recreation-related concussion. However, as many as 50 percent of concussions may be unreported. Signs of a concussion include dizziness, blurred vision, slurred words, appearing dazed, walking or running off balance, headache, or a change in sleep patterns – just to name a few.

March 22 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet has shown to be effective safety equipment to prevent brain injuries and deaths for riders. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injuries from motorcycle crashes by 69 percent and deaths by 37 percent. An estimated 60 motorcyclist lives in Missouri were saved by helmet use in 2017. The economic cost savings from motorcycle helmet use for that year in Missouri was more than $100 million.

March 21 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Thank you for serving our country Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Military personnel as well as Veterans. Military personnel can experience brain injury from combat connected or civilian life activities through a stroke, fall, car crash, or other incident. TBI is associated with an increased risk of mental health conditions for military personnel.

March 20 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

More than 223,000 non-fatal brain injury-related hospitalizations occurred in 2018. Current leading causes are falls and motor vehicle crashes. Other causes include struck by or against an object, assault and self-harm. Nearly eight percent of brain injuries have an unknown cause.

March 18 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Helmets can prevent 85 percent of bicycle related head and brain injuries. In 2020, 938 bicyclists died on U.S. roads due to accidents, which is why it is important to always wear your helmet. Bicyclists with the most fatalities are individuals between the ages of 60 and 64. Riders between the ages of 15 and 20 have the highest bicycle-related injury rate. Cyclists of all ages at all times, should wear a properly-fitted, approved helmet.

March 17 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

The rural death rate in Missouri from motor vehicle crashes is more than double the urban rate. Accidents on rural roadways result in more deaths due to curvier roads, higher driving speeds, lower seatbelt use among some age groups, and limited healthcare infrastructure to meet the emergency needs of the person. Seatbelt use saves lives and reduces brain injuries.

March 15 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Effects from brain injury may include short-term memory loss, difficulty processing information, and shortened attention span. Physical changes may include limited use of arms, legs or hands. Brain injury-related changes can make it more difficult to farm or may keep you from farming. However, modified equipment or alternative methods may be helpful options to support farmers with brain injury.

Tyler Centorbi Fundraiser for BIA-MO – Thank You!

Thank you to William Penn University Men's Volleyball Team and Tyler Centorbi for supporting the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). Your generosity raised more than $3,000 at your Friday night game victory to help provide support, education, recreation and advocacy for persons with brain injury and their families. We appreciate everyone who donated in honor of Tyler to enable BIA-MO to be help, hope and healing for others. Thank you!

March 14 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

A Concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It is a myth that the person must blackout or lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. More than 90% of concussions DO NOT involve a loss of consciousness by the person. Once an individual sustains a concussion or more severe brain injury, he or she is at a greater risk of sustaining another brain injury.

March 12 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Death rates from stroke in rural Missouri counties decreased to 42 percent between 2009 and 2019. However, strokes were still the fifth leading cause of death for both rural and urban Missouri residents within the same years. A stroke can sometimes cause temporary or permanent disabilities. Signs of a stroke are face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.

March 10 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Research shows 65 percent of persons with brain injury find it difficult to find, change or advance at work. The TBI Needs Assessment – Employment and Volunteering 2022 report shows that 81 percent of survey respondents have worked since their injury. Work is important to the survivors and they enjoy it. However, there are challenges.

March 9 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury changes life for the injured person as well as his or her family. Due to changes in the physical abilities, cognitive functioning, balance, vision, fatigue, and emotions of the person injured, the spouse or children may increase or change their responsibilities with the family farm. Modifications to equipment and farming operation may be helpful too.

March 8 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury is often called the “invisible disability” and it does not discriminate. Brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. There may not be physical scars or limited mobility from the brain injury. However, the effects may be short-term memory loss, taking longer to respond to questions, or changes in vision or balance. There may also be a change in personality, mood or sleep patterns.

March 7 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet is effective in saving lives, preventing brain injuries, and saving taxpayer dollars. There were 150 individuals who died in motorcycle crashes on Missouri roadways in 2022. These deaths occurred on rural roads, city streets, and interstates.

March 6 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Brain injury can change how a person thinks, feels, acts, and moves. Life is changed in an instant. Brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime – it does not discriminate. Military personnel, farmers, senior adults, young children, and teenagers are all high-risk populations for brain injury.

March 3 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

The Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence reported more than 463,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among U.S. Service Members worldwide between 2000 and August 2022. There are 4.7 million Veterans who live in areas designated as rural. This is nearly 25 percent of the total U.S. Veteran population.

March 2 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Falling from horseback, being kicked in the head, and unmounting activities can result in horse-related brain injuries for riders. Prevention is the best cure for brain injury. Wear an approved helmet when horseback riding recreationally or working on the farm or ranch.

Giving Tuesday – Thank you!

Thank you for being a part of the national day of giving - Giving Tuesday - on November 29, 2022. Your donation to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) has provided help, hope and healing for individuals and families affected by brain injury.

Educational Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for BIA-MO Educational Scholarships for survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education.

Survivor and Family Seminar

Survivors of brain injury and family members came together for an in-person event in St. Louis on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 8:15 am – 2:30 pm. 

This Year’s Conference A Huge Success

Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Annual Conference is the premier educational opportunity for professionals to further develop their skills and knowledge to provide care for survivors of brain injury. This year's conference took place on October 20 and 21, 2022 and was extremely successful!

BIA-MO Annual Awards

A BIA-MO Annual Award is a special way to recognize an individual, group of individuals or organization for their support and lasting impact for you or the brain injury community. Making a nomination is easy. Simply provide your contact information, the nominee’s contact information, and a short write-up of why you feel this person deserves a BIA-MO Annual Award.

Give STL Day 2022

Thank you for a successful Give STL Day to support the Brain Injury Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). More than $1,700 was raised to provide support, education, recreation and advocacy for survviors of brain injury and their...

March 23 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

March 23, 2022  2.87 million brain injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in 2014. Current leading causes are falls, motor vehicle crashes, and accidentally being struck by or against an object. #MoreThanMyBrainInjury  @MOAgrAbility  [...]

March 15 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

March 15, 2022  In Missouri, an estimated 118,000 individuals are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury. This can include physical, visual, mental, or comprehension disabilities. Employment, transportation, rehabilitation, and recreational services provide [...]

Give STL Day 2021

Give STL Day is May 6, 2021.  Support BIA-MO during this 24-hour community wide day of giving. Your donation of $20 or more will be matched.  Make your Give STL Donation for BIA-MO now.  

Survivor and Family Education

Support, education and practical suggestions for life with brain injury offered through the BIA-MO Survivor and Family Education will be online Spring 2021. Participation is FREE. Participate Now for the BIA-MO Survivor & Family Education [...]

Survivor and Family Seminars

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 [...]

Survivor and Family Seminar – Eastern

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.

MO Governor Vetoes SB 147!

Governor Parson Vetoed SB 147! Thank you to everyone who contacted Governor Mike Parson regarding the importance of maintaining the Missouri all-rider motorcycle helmet law. On Friday, July 12 Governor Parson vetoed Senate Bill [...]

Give STL Day – Thank You!

Thank you for supporting the Brain Injury Association of Missouri during our Give STL Day fundraising campaign.Thanks to your generosity, we raised more than $3,000! Your gift will help us continue providing education, support, advocacy and [...]

BIA-MO In the News

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) was recently featured in the South County Times in St. Louis, Missouri to discuss Brain Injury Awareness Month. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month with different events [...]

Survivor and Family Seminars

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 [...]

#GivingTuesday a Success!

Thank you to all of our donors who supported the Brain Injury Association of Missouri during Giving Tuesday yesterday. Thanks to your generosity, we raised more than $2,900 and topped our goal for the day! There [...]

BIA-MO Honors Volunteers and Supporters

BIA-MO Presents Annual Awards Congratulations to Annual Award Honorees! This year's Honorees have prevented brain injuries, assisted individuals with brain injury to be successful, and supported services for survivors, family members and the community. [...]

#Giving Tuesday – November 27, 2018

#GivingTuesday - November 27, 2018 Mark your calendars! Giving Tuesday is coming up soon! Provide services of support, education, recreation and advocacy for survivors of brain injury through your Giving Tuesday donation to the Brain [...]

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

PARTICIPATE NOW

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
Survivors of brain injury and family members will come together for an in-person event, depending on the Seminar that best fits your
Thank you for supporting the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for Give STL Day on May 9, 2024. Your Give STL Day donations will have a big impact for survivors of brain injury and their families. They will know help is available, hope is essential, and healing is

BIA-MO UPCOMING EVENTS

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 [...]