State of Concussion Research

My mission is to unveil the mysteries of the brain for you. I want you to know that your MDs are unwittingly leading you down the garden path towards more suffering. That’s because the way things stand right now, there isn’t a whole lot of concussion research being done for actually treating a concussion.

It’s a DAMN shame!

You know, 99% of doctors, regardless of their background, is going to tell you to go home, take several days off from work, school or sport and rest your brain and your body. They may tell you to stay in a darkened room the entire time.

Dr. Joanny Liu at Concussion Answers wants you to know that research isn’t helping you at all. It’s going very slowly. Almost 100% of research dollars are going into studies that are trying to understand the nature of concussion and its after effects, short term and long term.

That doesn’t help the person who is suffering from one right now, who has Post Concussion Syndrome. the research says that people who don’t recover on their own within the rest period will probably take a year to recover. If they don’t recover within 18 months, they’ll probably continue to have symptoms for a long time, maybe even the rest of their lives.

Dr. Joanny Liu says this has huge implications for productivity and quality of life.

In essence these medical authorities are telling you that you can do nothing about your concussion. Concussion research is failing you because they are studying the disease and not the solutions!

Happily there are some researchers who are calling for action – specifically psychological intervention – but not only Cognitive Behavioral Training (CHT). It’s not enough. What must be considered along with that are the emotional drivers for behavior. That’s where we’ve got to go first.

Head Trouble

Head injuries are a serious concern for many. It goes without saying that such an injury presents its own challenges and effects. How do they occur? Well… in a surprising variety of ways, that’s for sure? In sport, head injuries are commonplace. American Football is a prime candidate with such trauma being extremely likely, so much so that helmets are a compulsory protective item. Conversely, since the introduction of helmets in American Football, incidents of head trauma and severity of injury has increased. What’s more, this trend leads advances in helmet technology. Put simply, the helmets get tougher but the hits get even harder.

The argument for increased head protection is beyond the scope of this post… but we would argue that concussive injuries would effectively by mitigated with a few simple rule changes. However, the powers that be may not allow such changes as they are likely due to ‘ruin’ the entertainment value of the sport.

Boxing is another area of sport where concussion is common. In fact, repeated concussion is a very real danger for the vast majority of professional fighters. Repeated strikes to the head, resulting in jolting of the neck, result in the brain’s movement within the skull. Repeated collisions between the soft, jelly-like constitution of the brain against the hard shell of the skull easily results in damage and swelling. At best, concussion will result in a headache — at worst, fighters will be ‘knocked out’, losing conciousness, which in some cases can result in death.

The real problem with repeated concussion is the chronic issues it creates. Anyone who is familiar with boxing will have heard of Mohamed Ali. Thos who are will understand the difference between the young, fit and able Mohamed… compared to the frail, shaking old man before he died. The repeated head injuries he sustained over his fighting career resulted in such head trauma that Mohammed began losing motor control from his early thirties. Conversely, this is one of the less severe cases. Gerald Mcclellan was once one of the most promising boxers of his generation. Going undefeated into a fight against an ageing Nigel Ben, Mcclellan was knocked out, much to everyone’s surprise.

Gerald’s knockout was different though. The referee completed his count, before doctors rushed to his aid. Medical professionals were unable to bring him round and he was rushed to hospital where doctors operated to remove pressure from his brain. Gerald survived the operation and indeed remained in very good physical condition, with a few crucial exceptions.

He lost years of long-term memory. He was only able to remember his life up to a year before the fight. His short-term memory was also exceptionally short, lacking the ability to keep new events stored in memory, effectively forcing him to live in the present with no capacity to remember what he did an hour ago.

This is one of the most severe effects of brain damage caused by massive concussion — therefore it is clear how dangerous it can be.