Quality-of-life measures show significant decline in young kids and teenagers ages 5-18 following concussion. While about 30 percent of these kids showed persistent post concussion syndrome and cognitive decline, even those who seem to recover quickly also show measurable declines, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The implications are clear; brain damage is not a short-term injury. It is well known that the metabolic, neurological and inflammatory processes set off in the brain when it slams against the inside of the skull can cascade and multiply over time. There is no reason to believe that these processes are self-limiting and that just because symptoms resolve, the injury processes have subsided and the brain has healed. It is these processes that lead to issues of cognitive impairment and lower quality-of-life issues. No one knows how to measure “Safe Return to Play.” HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) is the only medical TREATMENT that helps slow and reverse these processes and actually heals brain tissues.
JAMA Pediatr. Published online October 24, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2900