Sports are a great part of life. With sports, come injuries. A hot button topic today is the topic of concussion. Concussions happen on a regular basis. We are seeing more and more kids getting head traumas that are causing several types of health problems. Head traumas can cause problems academically and socially for kids.

1. Immediately after the trauma or in the acute stage, it is important to be check by a qualified healthcare provider. The standard of care is still the emergency room. You want to make sure there is no life threatening situation occurring such as a brain bleed or pressure on the brain.

2 Keep your sugar levels low. Sugar is know to be an inflammatory substance. Recent research has found sugar to decrease the brain’s ability to heal after trauma.

3. Get a brain map. Brain mapping measures the electrical activity of the human brain. We see distinct patterns with concussions. This is true both in the acute and chronic stages.

4. Limit the stimulus. When recovering from a head trauma, especially the first few days, keep the stimulus low. This includes lights, tv, computer, sound, etc. You can usually tell when a person is ready for more. They get bored and complain less about headache and fatigue. It is better to error on the side of slow reintroduction of stimulus though.

5. Get some light exercise. Walking counts. Wait 2-3 days in most cases though. See above. Two recent studies found those that exercised recovered faster than those that do not exercise.

6. Have your pursuits and saccades checked. This indicates you have lasting damage done to the cerebellum and frontal lobe. These two areas are often problematic in head trauma cases.

7. Drink plenty of water. Water drives function in the body. The brain is made up of up to 85% water. It makes sense to stay hydrated, especially in cases of trauma. One rule of thumb is to try to drink half your body weight in ounces of water (up to 100 ounces for a 200 pound person). The average adult can lose up to 80 ounces of water per day with normal functions of the body.

8. Take fish oil. Healthy fats are important in the rebuilding process. This is especially important for the rebuilding of the cell membranes in the nervous system. A deficiency of omega 3 has even associated with mental health problems.

9. Add turmeric to your diet or use as a supplement. Natural anti-inflammatories are helpful in many cases. Ask your doctor if this is right for your case.

10. Go back to your normal routine at a slow pace. Ease back into things. If you get dizzy or have a headache, back off. Listen to the signals your body is putting out. I

f we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic. We are located in Duluth, Georgia (across from The Infinite Energy Arena). Our phone number is 770.237.3970 and our email is info@themartinclinic.com.