When you mention concussions TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, it conjures up football players running down the field focused on the end zone and then being tackled furiously to the ground or a hockey player being smashed in the head. Many of these professionals athletes have postconcussive syndrome or PCS and many get caught up in addiction because of pain.
DEVELOPING BRAINS AT RISK OF CONCUSSIONS
But another prevalent group being affected by Concussions, TBI and addiction are teens whose brains are still growing. Developing brains are at higher risk for TBI from concussions, because the necks of young people are not strong enough to support a strong impact to the head.
Concussions are a common occurrence, in football, soccer, hockey and other sports. And every concussion is different. For instance when two heads impact against one another with or without a helmet it may force the brain out of its protective fluid.
When this occurs it can disrupt the functioning of the brain for a few seconds, minutes, days or years. Where it happens, how it happens, the individual characteristics of the persons anatomy, all play a role and if a teen gets back in the game too soon there are additional risks of getting further concussions that can cause severe outcomes.
CONCUSSION ARE REALLY BRAIN INJURIES
Gabriela Ilie of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto said, “this is a wake-up call. Concussions are brain injuries, and we need parents and physicians to become more vigilant. Our brains define who we are, and a lot of our behaviors and thoughts and emotions depend on our brain circuitry operating properly.”
In the Journal of PLOS ONE. the researchers’ findings used data from a survey of more than 9,000 students in grades 7 through 12. Girls with a TBI were three times more likely to smokethan girls without a brain injury. Girls with a TBI were also more likely to endure bullying, think about suicide or suffer from anxiety or depression after their injury, risks that were not associated with boys who experienced a TBI.
CONCUSSIONS CAN LEAD TO HARMFUL BEHAVIORS
“Both boys and girls were more likely to engage in a variety of harmful behaviors if they reported a history of TBI,” said Llie in a news release, “but girls engaged in all 13 harmful behaviors we looked for, whereas boys were at higher risk of engaging in only nine. Sex matters when it comes to traumatic brain injuries.”
BOYS WITH BRAIN INJURIES 2X AS LIKELY TO SMOKE
Boys, in the findings with a concussions, head injuries or TBI were twice as likely to smoke daily in their late teens. The number of girls with a TBI who drank increased 20 percent as they left their middle teens, and reached 89 percent between ages 17 and 20. Today, we understand a great deal more about the healthy brain and its response to trauma and more research is ongoing.
PURE BRAIN SCANNING EEG REAL TIME TECH
Pure Recovery California is one of the few programs to treat Addiction and Concussions / TBI. Pure Recovery CA uses a new brain scanning EEG real time technology developed by Andre Fenton PhD, NYU and BSG, to assist in the identification of injury and brain function.
BRAIN RE-TRAINING SOFTWARE
The information is then interpreted by expert neurologists and when injury is detected, clients are seen at the Brain Sport Department at UCLA. Then various interventions are applied such as neurofeedback – BrainPaint, a software program that has automated evidence-based protocols to provide Electroencephalography (EEG) feedback to participants in real time, TMS, Medication and Neuro Engineering, Cognitive training developed by Curtis Cripe PhD. All these modalities are incorporated to improve plasticity, cognitive function, memory, attention, decision-making and assist in relapse prevention.