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Research Study: Yoga-Based Treatment for Veterans

with mTBI and Post-Concussive Headaches


Traumatic Brain Injury

It is well known that military personnel are returning from recent conflicts with notable rates of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and associated persistent post-concussive symptoms (PCS), including headaches and emotional distress. Such symptoms can negatively impact the performance of those on Active Duty, throughout deployment, in and post-combat, as well as following discharge (Veterans). Because of these far-reaching effects, mTBI and associated comorbidities pose a significant challenge and burden to Service Members/Veterans, their families, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and local, regional and national resources including, health care, educational, and vocational systems.

Optimally, an intervention for those with chronic post-concussive headaches (PCH) would show efficacy at reversing post-mTBI adversity, and be able to be utilized with minimal stigma. In addition, the intervention should be highly accessible, low cost, be able to be self-sustaining (e.g., portable) and with minimal side effects.

Yoga is a possible benefit to those with a MTBIOne potential intervention is yoga, a practice involving physical postures, breath awareness and exercises, and mindfulness meditation.

As such, the goal of this study is to learn more about a yoga-based treatment for Veterans with mTBI and Post-Concussive Headaches.

 

 

 

 


This project is being funded by the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund (part of Mindsource Brain Injury Network), Contract IHEA #101374

Mindsource Brain Injury Network 

Lisa Brenner PhD
Principal Investigator
 
 
 
 
Lisa M. Betthauser MBA, PhD
Co-Investigator; Junior Yoga Instructor; Fidelity, Adherence, and Project Management
 
 
 
 
Nazanin H. Bahraini PhD
Co-Investigator, Implementation and Dissemination
 
 
 
 
Ann Bortz PsyD, E-RYT
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator, Lead Yoga Instructor
 
 
 
 
Jeri E. Forster PhD
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator, Data Analysis
 
 
 
 
Hal S. Wortzel MD
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator, Medical Clearance
 
 
 
 
Meredith Mealer PhD
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator, Medical Clearance
 
 
 
 
Theresa D. Hernández PhD
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator
 
 
 
 
Lindsey L. Monteith PhD
Co-Investigator, Co-Investigator
 
 
 
 
Joe Huggins MSW MSCIS
Co-Investigator, Mobile App Development
 
 
 
 
Carlee Kreisel
Study Coordinator
 
 
 
 

Yoga is a practice involving physical postures, breath awareness and exercises, and mindfulness meditation. Yoga is increasingly being used as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for those experiencing physical and psychological distress. 

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National Institute of Health:
National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health: Yoga in Depth
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm
National Institute of Health:
National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health: 5 Thinks You Should Know About Yoga
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/yoga
National Institute of Health:
National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health: Yoga as a Complementary Health Approach Infographic
https://nccih.nih.gov/news/multimedia/infographics/yoga
National Institute of Health:
National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health: Spotlighted Research Results - Yoga
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/279/research