Just in case you missed Dr. Martin’s radio interview about the new study on concussions, you can hear it now.

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 pre and 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 over a decade and helped athletes from preschool to professional levels. You can also check us out at themartinclinic.com.