Optimizing Brain Health of United States Special Operations Forces

Brian L. Edlow, Natalie Gilmore, Samantha L. Tromly, Katryna B. Deary, Isabella R. McKinney, Collin G. Hu, Jessica N. Kelemen, Chiara Maffei, Chieh En J. Tseng, Gabriel Ramos Llorden, Brian C. Healy, Maryam Masood, Ryan J. Cali, Timothy Baxter, Eveline F. Yao, Heather G. Belanger, Dan Benjamini, Peter J. Basser, David S. Priemer, W. Taylor KimberlyJonathan R. Polimeni, Bruce R. Rosen, Bruce Fischl, Nicole R. Zürcher, Douglas N. Greve, Jacob M. Hooker, Susie Y. Huang, Adam Caruso, Gregory A. Smith, Timothy G. Szymanski, Daniel P. Perl, Kristen Dams-O’connor, Christine L.Mac Donald, Yelena G. Bodien

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United States Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel are frequently exposed to explosive blasts in training and combat. However, the effects of repeated blast exposure on the human brain are incompletely understood. Moreover, there is currently no diagnostic test to detect repeated blast brain injury (rBBI). In this “Human Performance Optimization” article, we discuss how the development and implementation of a reliable diagnostic test for rBBI has the potential to promote SOF brain health, combat readiness, and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • blast overpressure
  • brain injury
  • human performance optimization
  • sof
  • special operations forces


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