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Athletes and Concussion

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The world concussion is kind of like the word heroin. It’s this horrible thing that’s happening everywhere
in our culture. We hear about it affecting many people but we have no idea what to do about it. Now
there is a solution!
It means weeks off from playing a favorite sport, let alone reflex, speech, muscle coordination, memory,
balance and confusion issues all affecting the individual. The medical definition of a concussion is a
clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including
alteration of mental status and level of consciousness, resulting from mechanical force or trauma. It is
estimated that there are more than 300,000 sports related concussions each year in the United States
and that the possibility of having a concussion is around 19% each year of play. The statistics are
especially high in sports like football, where it is estimated 34% of athletes have had one concussion and
20% multiple concussions. Adding to this is the fact that there is a 3 to 6 times higher chance of a player
having a concussion if they have already suffered from a previous concussion. Research is showing that
the incidence of suffering from a concussion while playing soccer is roughly equal to that incidence
playing football with other sports like lacrosse, baseball, basketball and hockey still having significant
risks as well.
Concussion symptoms may not be visibly seen in standard neurological examinations, but consists of: an
inability to keep a coherent focus or thought stream, an inability to perform a series of specific
movements, dizziness, vision disturbances, sensitivity to light, persisting headaches, nausea or vomiting,
balance issues, ringing in the ears, confusion and loss of taste or smell to name a few. Due to the nature
of the injury to the brain, concussions are a very serious issue and thus are being treated that way. All
major sporting organizations from professional all the way to youth sports are now focusing on ways to
prevent, assess and manage concussion injuries, with the primary mode of treatment being rest away
from electronic devices. The mechanism of injury with a concussion creates a trauma to the skull and
brain, leading to inflammation and pressure building on the blood supply and brain inside the skull. This
not only disrupts blood supply to the brain, but also affects cerebrospinal fluid drainage and
recirculation throughout the entire canal around the spinal cord. Many times, following a concussion
injury, upon examination the bones of the skull (cranial bones) are found to be fixated and out of their
proper interlocking positions.
Here at Whole Body Health, we have a state-of-the-art protocol for helping the body heal and recover
from the effects of a concussion injury and allowing the athlete to return to their sport. This protocol
utilizes a multifaceted approach ranging from specific endonasal cranial adjusting, specialized
supplemental nutrition to aid in traumatic injury healing and functional medicine techniques involving
specific frequency generating and laser technology focusing on traumatic brain injury healing. The
combination of these services not only supply the body with specific nutrients to promote healing, but
also drastically reduce inflammation and allow for proper movement patterns within the skull and spinal
column to remove pressure from the brain, brain stem and spinal cord.
If you have been diagnosed with a concussion recently or in the past, these symptoms can linger on until
specific structural changes and healing occur. Call today to schedule an appointment to see if you can
benefit from this state-of-the-art treatment protocol!