Concussion 2018-04-27T13:59:28+00:00

Concussion Testing

Take the guesswork out of concussion occurrence and healing with the Brain Scan Health Program.

Sports are an important part of many people’s lives but several carry the risk of concussion. This health risk increases when athletes are sent back prematurely into play after a traumatic event.

The growing evidence of the link between football hits and brain injuries have led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions.  USA Football, the national governing body for amateur football, is planning to introduce a less violent overhaul of the youth game.

Studies have shown that players who started playing football before age 12 have a greater risk of developing memory and cognitive problems later in life. Associated Press. February 6, 2017.

It is not just football: Auto and motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, soccer, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, rugby, horseback riding, violence, all can result in head injuries that can damage the brain.

Test to Establish Baseline: Our brain health testing platform is used to (1) establish a baseline voltage (2) that can then be compared with voltage tested after a suspected concussion to verify a concussion has occurred.

Follow-up Test to Determine Healing: To objectively determine if a concussion has healed, a voltage retest is conducted. If the voltage returns to baseline, then, combined with other factors, the injured person can be comforted to know he or she has objective evidence that the concussion has healed.

Four-year study: The P300 component of our brain health testing program has been used in a four-year-long longitudinal study of 500 youth and NCAA athletes. The study found that the P300 voltage and physical reaction time correlate with symptomatic concussive events. Additionally, the P300 voltage often normalized to baseline after symptom resolution.

Athletes, Former Athletes, and Routine Sports Physicals

As sports physicals are required by most athletic programs, our brain health testing program can introduce baseline brain data as a standard metric and key component.

In doing so, coaches and physicians can compare data collected quickly after a suspected impact to this baseline information and make more informed and accurate decisions.

To date, we have tested high school athletes and college athletes to establish a baseline for future reference.

Concussions represent 9% of all injuries in major high school sports, with football and girls’ soccer having the highest incidence rates.

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (MTBI and PTSD)

PTSD and chronic MTBI are difficult to diagnose, partly because the longer-term nature of these conditions linger long after obvious measures have subsided.

Chronic MTBI includes the 15% of patients complaining of symptoms a year or more after a concussive event. PTSD is closely related to chronic MTBI and affects a significant percentage of the adult population in the United States (7.8%; women 10.4%, men 5%).

Availability of a well-defined objective assessment tool will result in more accurate and earlier diagnosis. Our brain health testing program can play an important role in understanding these brain conditions, not just in diagnosis but also in treatment efficacy.

We test TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) from fall, car or motorcycle accident, boxing, combat trauma, contact sports, martial arts or any other cause.

Facts about head injuries:

  • A traumatic brain injury can affect overall wellness and health, especially for brain injuries that have gone undetected from a fall, car accident or other incidents. Poor sleep, irritability, low energy, poor organizational skills, confusion or foggy thinking, all can result from UNDIAGNOSED HEAD INJURY.
  • From 2006–2010, falls were the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 40% of all TBIs in the United States that resulted in an ED visit, hospitalization, or death. Falls disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest age groups.
  • More than half (55%) of TBIs among children 0 to 14 years were caused by falls.
  • More than two-thirds (81%) of TBIs in adults aged 65 and older are caused by falls.
  • Unintentional blunt trauma (e.g., being hit by an object) was the second leading cause of TBI, accounting for about 15% of TBIs in the United States for 2006–2010.
  • Close to a quarter (24%) of all TBIs in children less than 15 years of age were related to blunt trauma.
  • Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI (14%).   When looking at just TBI-related deaths, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths (26%) for 2006–2010.
  • About 10% of all TBIs are due to assaults. They accounted for 3% of TBIs in children less than 15 years of age and 1.4% of TBIs in adults 65 years and older for 2006–2010.  About 75% of all assaults associated with TBI occur in persons 15 to 44 years of age.

Content source:  Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

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