It is time to get real about head trauma. The hottest topic in sports today are head injuries or concussions. You cannot watch an NFL game without concussion and the lasting consequences being mentioned. Blows to the head, big or small, can cause problems later in life. Head trauma has been linked to ADD, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Approximately 2 million people in the United States per year have a head injury. Twenty five percent of those people (approximately 500,000) lose consciousness and then are 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. A concussion happens in the United States every minute of every day. If you played sports for many years, it is likely you have had some type of head trauma.
At The Martin Clinic, our goal is to evaluate and manage the stressors to your nervous system. Our physical body is an electrical-chemical system, and we can measure the electrical output of the brain through QEEG/ brain mapping. Studies have shown head traumas, big or small, can lead to electrical changes in the brain. These electrical changes have been linked to many neurological based problems.
Symptoms of post concussion syndrome are quite varied. We often find brain fog, focus/ attention issues, poor emotional control, depression, changes in ability to learn, communication difficulties, cognitive problems, anxiety and chronic pain. Other possible symptoms include: headaches, memory loss, confusion, not remembering the event around the head trauma, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, ear ringing, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sensitivity to light, sleep difficulties, depression, and changes in the sense of taste or smell.
Sports are a great learning tool but this is about the health of an individual over a lifetime. If you or your child plans on playing any type of contact sport, you should consider getting a post season brain map. This allows us to locate any problem areas and allows for targeted management of the problem area.
The first step is a brain map. Maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized analysis of brain function. Call us at 770.237.3970 for more information or to make an appointment. We have done this type of work for close to a decade and helped athletes from preschool to professional levels. You can also check us out at themartinclinic.com.