Another key misconception identified in our study was on the level of brain injury a concussion is thought to represent. Very few athletes and coaches correctly understood that a concussion represents a mild traumatic injury. Interestingly, those athletes who believed a concussion represents a severe brain injury reported engaging in more sparring sessions per week and fewer indicated they had suffered a concussion in the past year relative to those who understood the actual level of severity a concussion represents. This finding introduces how education on even basic concepts may help, as the understanding of this general idea led to safer behaviour and likely a more realistic perception of concussion occurrence. Therefore, big changes appear to be achievable through small steps. … [Read more...] about The Vicious Cycle of Concussion Ignorance in Combat Sports
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It may seem like a basic question, but I’m finding there is still a lack of understanding and misunderstandings about the mild traumatic brain injury. So I asked athletic trainers dealing with concussion risk virtually every day. Athletic trainers also maintain continuing education regarding concussions, and comply to some of the highest standards of care established by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), among others. … [Read more...] about The Best Advice For Handling Concussions
In the last year alone, several professional athletes have demonstrated acute emotional behaviors that have hurt others and themselves. Accounts of violence, domestic violence, murder and suicide may all be related to mild traumatic brain injuries that have accumulated and accelerated a degenerative process. But the problem goes beyond the playing fields, and into everyone’s, everyday life. … [Read more...] about Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols
Overall, the authors found many adults with ADHD didn’t sleep that well and were rated as sleepier than controls during the attention tasks. Perhaps more importantly, however, the association between sleepiness and poorer cognitive performance remained significant even after controlling for levels of ADHD symptoms. In other words, some of their attention problems evident in these tasks seemed to be related to their sleepiness and not any intrinsic concentration problem. Interestingly, however, the major EEG deviations such as frontal lobe “slowing” were found to be most related to ADHD status, although also showed some associations with sleepiness. … [Read more...] about How Much Do Sleep Problems Underlie ADHD Symptoms?