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Teen Suffering From Concussion

1 in 5 Teens Have Already Suffered a Concussion

Brain trauma can cause significant decreased function in a person’s brain. Even though we have seen that brain damage can be reversed to some degree, for the best quality of life, a never-damaged brain is by far the best option.

At Amen Clinics, we have the largest database of brain scans relating to behavior. We once treated a 42-year-old woman who had failed six alcohol treatment programs. Her impulse control was virtually zero. She could not even be given a prescription for any medication because she would take them all at once. When we initially asked her if she had ever had a brain injury, she said no. But when we asked her again, she remembered that she had been kicked in the head by a horse when she was 10 years old. Her brain SPECT scan showed severe damage to her prefrontal cortex (PFC).

When the PFC shows damage, most people are in serious trouble. Without the high thinking, executive functions offered by the PFC, this woman had virtually no “supervisor” in her head.

What Research Says About Concussions

This is why new research about the average teenager’s risk of concussion is so concerning. The way they treat their brain today has lifelong implications.

Research shows that one in five teenagers will suffer a concussion, even if they don’t play sports; and the risk rises dramatically if they drink, smoke pot or play a contact sport.

A traumatic brain injury is defined as a head injury that knocked the teenager out for at least five minutes or resulted in overnight hospitalization.

The study involved students in grades 7–12. Here’s what the researchers found:

• Over 20% of teenagers said they had a concussion in their lifetime.
• Nearly 6% said they had suffered at least one concussion in the past year alone.
• 63.5% of concussions in boys were related to sports; 46.9% of concussions in girls were related to sports.
• Teens who drank alcohol, even if just occasionally, were five times more likely to suffer a concussion in the last year than those teens who didn’t drink alcohol.
• Teens who smoked marijuana more than 10 times in the last year were three times more likely to suffer a concussion in the last year than those teens who didn’t smoke marijuana.

Consider This

A person doesn’t have to be knocked out or hospitalized to have suffered a concussion. If a concussion or traumatic brain injury in this study was measured as a 5-minute blackout or hospitalization, then 20% is a very conservative figure.

It is likely that teenagers sustain a higher rate of traumatic brain injury than this study discovered.

What Brain Injuries Can Tell Us

We have treated people who have suffered from brain injuries they did not think were serious until they saw their SPECT scans. These were often unreported and untreated.

These people can suffer from cognitive, mood, and behavior problems.

They don’t understand why, they just feel they are messed up. As in the case of the woman who was kicked in the head by a horse, after many questions from us, they’ll remember a childhood knock to the head or a “ringer” they suffered in a sports match. Brain SPECT studies will show decreased blood flow to these previously injured parts of the brain and, depending on the location of the injury, can have dramatic impact on behavior, temperament and cognitive power.

We Can Help

At Amen Clinics, we know that brain trauma is not a function of not trying hard enough, being lazy, or not having enough willpower. We will work with you to address your specific brain type. Learn more about how Amen Clinics can help, or contact us today at 888-288-9834 or tell us more online.

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  1. Joan Datt says:

    A 2 &1/2 year old girl fell out of a Costco cart

    Vomited
    Was observed in hospital

    Is this significant brain injury

  2. Bob Prichard says:

    One unrecognized result of concussion is the loss of flexibility in chest expansion and the consequential reduction in brain oxygen. A good example is a 17 year-old swimmer in one of our swim camps. We double and triple chest expansion in all our athletes by releasing microfibers (mild scar tissue) that have formed in the connective tissue between the chest muscles. As we do, they often recall what caused them to form in the first place. The most common cause since 2000 has been carrying a heavy backpack to school every day.

    For this swimmer, it was a concussion caused by getting hit in the head by a baseball when she was in 5th grade.

    After we doubled her chest expansion from 2″ to 4″, she was able to drop her 100 back time from 1:21 to 1:08 (17% faster!), set a school record in the 200IM and was voted team captain. But the big surprise to her and her family was her grade point average went from C+ to B+, and she even received an A- in her physics class.

    We believe that every evaluation and treatment of brain injury should include the measurement of expansion in the stomach, diaphragm and chest during inhalation. If the expansion is less that 15% of each circumference, it should be increased so that the brain gets the oxygen it needs for optimum function.

  3. Lynnae LeBlanc says:

    28-year-old son, drinking at spring training, fell off a golf cart onto concrete. Hospitalized for a few days before being released. Yep, concussion. He did receive what seems to be good care and scans. My question is about the loss of the sense of smell. Can that be explained to me? Can it be reversed? He is 30 now and is functioning with no other symptoms that I know of. Thank you. Love the comment about inhalation expansion; I’ll relay that information to him.

  4. June Christensen says:

    Loss of sense of smell is an early indicator of Parkinson’s or Lewy Body Dementia.

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