The increasing number of reported TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and concussions in athletes is a developing concern throughout the sports industry. Current research has shown a significant rise in sports related concussions. Researchers have proven the short term effects that concussive athletes endure, and are now broadening the studies to look at the long term damage that they suffer.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
"A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it. Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport such as football, but every concussion injures your brain to some extent. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly. Most concussive traumatic brain injuries are mild, and people usually recover fully."
The Colorado Medical Society devised a set of guidelines in 1991 to grade the severity of concussions, and when an athlete is allowed to return to play. They listed three grades of concussions (from mild to severe), and suggested periods of time for the athlete to recover properly before returning to training and competition.
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) revised a set of guidelines in 2013 that moved away from concussion grading, and emphasized more detailed neurological assessments prior to the athlete's return to play.
Awareness campaigns are taking place throughout the world to further educate sports professionals on TBIs and concussive athletes. First, the professional must be able to identify the symptoms once an athlete has suffered a concussion. Secondly, they must be aware of when to implement appropriate measures and seek medical attention. Third, it is crucial that they understand the aftercare and treatment process to minimize the long term damage and allow the athlete to recover properly.
Currently, the primary recovery treatment protocol for concussions is rest. Rest allows the abnormal activity of the brain to normalize and begin to recover from the trauma. Sports professionals are searching for ways to optimize the recovery process during this time.
The Neuroscope is a great asset to the sports industry and concussive athletes. It is designed to specifically address brain wave abnormalities through it's biofeedback capabilities and treating functions. It is designed with four frequencies that directly address the different brain wave states. Through proper applications, the sports professional is able to apply recovery treatments by normalizing the erratic, abnormal brain wave activity. Neuroscope treatments should NOT be applied prior to having the authorization of the primary physician, involved specialists, and any necessary prescriptions. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions should not be taken lightly, and should be addressed carefully at all times. All attending professionals should work together to develop a treatment program for the individual athlete in order to ensure a positive outcome.
Through proper treatment applications with the Neuroscope, the athlete will receive the following benefits:
The following should be considered while determining the proper treatment program for the athlete:
The Neuroscope 230 treatments can be applied in a clinical setting, or used as a home care unit for personal applications with a prescription from the primary physician.
The Neuroscope instrument is designed with four specific frequencies for normalizing brain wave function through microcurrent applications. The primary frequencies are: 0.5 Hz, 4.6 Hz, 8.2 Hz,
and 12.8 Hz.
As you can see on common brain wave charts, these frequencies align with different brain wave categories. This advanced technology is an asset to concussive athletes, brain health, depression (that occurs often in sports), sleeping disorders, and allowing the body to rest and recovery better.
As many athletes have experienced varying levels of concussions during their career, the Neuroscope plays an integral part in short term recovery as well as the longevity of brain health. This instrument plays an important role in optimizing performance through cognitive function, and assists in the recovery process from traumatic injury and concussions. When the brain is unable to function at an optimal level, athletes will often times experience the inability to sleep, fatigue, confusion, depression, and report feeling "in a fog". When the Neuroscope is introduced into the player's program, they will find themselves sleeping, more relaxed, not experiencing depression, and able to remember important details better. This technology is a crucial aspect to this industry, especially in high contact sports.
Pictured: Spencer Long, Former NFL Offensive Lineman
There is a wide range of research that has been released on concussions and TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) in sports. For example: A recent study concluded that an NFL player takes 900-1500 blows to the head every year without reporting a concussion. The controversy over concussion testing is also under scrutiny. However, when the industry looks to find a solution to proper care and recovery when a concussion occurs, that is when we will get closer to a resolution. The Neuroscope, along with the Acuscope and Myopulse instruments together are a part of the resolution to proper care.
Pictured: Eduardo Nuñez, Former MLB Infielder
The Neuroscope 230 Front Panel