Comprised of around 80% water, the brain is very soft, with a consistency similar to soft butter or custard. It’s protected by a hard skull and surrounded by fluid, yet there are many bony edges and ridges inside the skull; some of them as sharp as knives! These ridges can easily damage the brain during head trauma.
With the fall sports season upon us, I must reiterate that your child’s brain was not created to withstand all the “bell-ringers” and hard knocks from tackle football, soccer headers, and hockey.
If you love your child’s brain, and especially if you have a child with ADD or learning problems, please educate them very well about risk-prevention and if at all possible, don’t let them play these brain-injuring sports.
Not only did I conduct the world’s largest study on brain damage in NFL players (which I will tell you more about below), more than 4,500 former players just sued the NFL, seeking concussion-related compensation and alleging that the NFL concealed the risks of long-term brain damage. The settlement was $765 million dollars – yet the NFL will neither admit liability nor that the players’ injuries were caused by football.
Furthermore, ESPN pulled-out of a collaboration with PBS’ “Frontline” feature called “League of Denial”, which is an investigation into the NFL’s lack of response to concussions and brain injuries among players. ESPN denied pressure from the NFL, yet coincidentally, just signed a $15.2 billion deal to carry “Monday Night Football.”
From 2009-2012, Amen Clinics performed the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on active and retired professional football players because we had a high suspicion that many players suffered with the effects of chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The results of our NFL study were very clear:
- A very high percentage of our players had evidence of TBI patterns on their SPECT scans and showed symptoms of it – there was a high rate of depression, dementia, obesity, and ADD-like symptoms among them.
- 81% of the players complained of attention problems and showed concentration problems on the psychological testing that we performed.
The good news came from the second part of this study, where we taught players how to care for their brains and gave them specific nutritional supplements.
- 80% of our players experienced significant benefit, including improvements in mood, attention, motivation, and sleep.
This shows that even those who have brain injury can still have hope – as there is a very high potential for recovery on a brain-smart program!
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Nobody knows exactly how many blows to the head it takes to cause problems, yet studies have shown that it takes longer for children to recover from a second concussion if it follows soon after a first, and that once someone has a concussion they’re more likely to experience more.
Many brain injuries go untreated because the person did not lose consciousness, so keep an eye out for these symptoms and seek medical attention right away if you suspect trauma:
- Feeling drowsy or having a hard time waking up.
- Not thinking clearly, feeling spacey, or acting confused.
- Headache or the feeling of pressure in the head.
- Memory and mood changes.
At Amen Clinics, we want to help you and your children heal brain injuries before they affect your life. Call us today at 888-288-9834, or tell us more about your situation.
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