As an Athletic Trainer, my job is to always get the player back on the field, mat, court or domain as soon as possible. It is from this paradigm that I have developed Concussion protocols that are now being studied at several Universities. It is important to understand that the first thing the athlete loses are the reflexes that live in the brainstem. From light adjustments in the eyes to balance, it is imperative to get these reflexes functioning as soon as possible.
If this doesn’t happen immediately, the athlete’s neural gaps begin to expand in the brain. Neurons that fire together wire together. And in this case, it is the reverse. Neurons that become inhibited cause the neurons it wired with to also fail. Neural gaps begin to expand within hours of the injury. At ZEN DEN our therapies are based in neuroplasticity (allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment).
Typical treatment: The trainer is taught how to assess the athlete on the sidelines. However, they do not activate the reflexes at this point, they just assess them. I am teaching trainers and coaches around the country how to reactivate reflexes on the sidelines within minutes of the head trauma.
If you have an athlete with a concussion, call or text me immediately. Time is of the essence. 781-424-0953