Football Brain Injuries Leave Jim McMahon
With Early Stages of Dementia
Quarterback Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to the 1986 Super Bowl Championship. However, when he was recently interviewed on Chicago’s WFLD-TV, McMahon stated that if he could do it over, he would play baseball.
Everyone knows football is a really rough sport, especially for the quarterback. The repeated injuries his brain suffered from 4 concussions have left McMahon (53 yrs. old) with early symptoms of dementia.
Football players are not the only people, who are susceptible to concussions. They can happen to any of us.
Any bump on the head that is strong enough to cause you to lose consciousness and experience a period of amnesia is considered a concussion.
Even if you are just dazed, you can suffer from a mild concussion.
The aftereffects of a concussion come under the heading of “postconcussion syndrome”.
Symptoms may include:
- being easily agitated and irritable
- feeling tired all the time
- inability to stay focused
There may only be subtle symptoms:
- mild headaches
- inability to remember the incident
- suffering from fatigue
More severe symptoms may include:
- neck pain
As months pass, the postconcussion syndrome may get steadily worse, and they may not be immediately identified with a concussion. Those symptoms may include:
- getting frustrated easily
- changes in personality
- being abnormally impulsive
- saying or doing things that are not acceptable or appropriate (social judgment is compromised)
How can Brain Works auditory training help a person who has had a concussion?
During auditory training sessions, a person listens to particular frequencies within modified music. These sounds travel through nerves in the ear to the brain. Depending on whether the frequencies are low, middle or high, the musical sounds stimulate different areas of the brain.
Brain cells use sound energy for their growth. When a person listens to the auditory training music over time, the brain cells respond by growing new branches or neuropathways.
When there has been damage to the brain, as with a concussion, the healthy cells in the brain send their new pathways around damaged cells and connect with other healthy cells. The brain becomes better able to function as more connections are made.
It is in this way that auditory training at Brain Works can help speed up the healing of a person’s brain after a concussion.
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