Concussions: The Long Term Effects
Children and Young Athletes are the Fastest Growing Population to Develop Head Injuries
One of the hottest topics in sports today relates to an athlete’s recovery from head injuries and concussions. From the NFL, to worried soccer moms seeing their child do a header, to falls at local cheerleading competitions, concussions are quickly becoming a house hold term.
Stories former boxers and NFL players showing alarming signs of dementia, chronic pain, depression, and early death have create a public demand to protect people with head injuries. This story even showed that a former NFL player was so shaken after repeated head traumas and post-concussive syndrome that he took his own life and donated his brain to research it’s effects.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons state that over 300,000 sports related concussions happen each year; most of which occur at the youth and high school level.
Let’s face it. Players at all ages and levels are becoming bigger, stronger, and faster. With each hit a young player takes, the greater their chances of suffering brain injury.
Thankfully, our bodies can rebound enough during youth where these injuries won’t create a significant effect on daily life, but what happens down the road?
A great article in Discovery magazine talked about the long term consequences of these hits. Neurons in the brain will stretch, become enflamed, and lose their normal function.
Many of these people will develop the following:
- Chronic migraine headache
- Ringing in the ears
- Depression and Irritability
- Memory Loss
- Loss of hearing/visual disturbances
- Difficulty with concentration
I’ve been fortunate enough to see many young athletes and lots of older former athletes with these exact problems.
What many don’t know is that the brain, along with most any other organ, has a capacity to heal.
However, if a structural imbalance is restricting the flow of blood, nutrients, and nerve impulse through the body, the body’s ability to adapt and heal will be compromised. This can all be related to structural abnormalities in the spine via atlas displacement complex and subluxation.
And what’s the number 1 cause of spinal imbalance and structural shift?? Trauma