Concussions can happen at any age, and even if it seems like a head injury is mild, repetitive little falls or other incidences can lead to a final blow that will trigger greater symptoms of concussions. A hit directly to the head is not the only way the injury can happen. Often a rough tackle or a whiplash can similarly injure the brain.
If the area of the injury is left untreated, over time the inner scarring can lead to extremely slow processing speeds, thereby affecting memory, focus, and emotional and behavioral changes, as well as other symptoms, like headaches and sensitivities to light. Often, symptoms of the concussion will show up months later, and one might not associate it with the original head injury. This is convoluted by the fact that there is an injury to the brian’s electrical power and its processing speeds are knocked into a slow and low pattern. Common symptoms of a concussion include brain fog, memory loss, inability to concentrate or focus, sensitivity to light or noise and learning issues – especially if the injury occurs in a young developing brain.
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. (cdc.gov). Other acquired brain injuries not related to external trauma include brain bleeds or strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease, alcohol or drug toxicity, hypoxia, anoxia and multiple sclerosis.
A qEEG brain map can determine if your brain performance has been impaired. Because our brains are neuroplastic, the scientific technology of Neurofeedback can promote positive change for the brain’s speed, power, and operation. The sooner training gets started after a concussion, the more likely a person is to optimize their brain’s function and minimize unwanted long-term effects.