Concussion Treatment: Concussion 101
There has been a lot of discussion about concussions lately. Here is some information for athletes and those who love them.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a hit, blow or jolt to the head. This impact interrupts the functioning of the brain. In a given year there are reports of over a million brain injuries in the United States. Concussions can be mild or severe. Athletes can recover from concussions within weeks but there is a risk from symptoms that can be ongoing.
Who can diagnose a concussion or brain injury?
A neurologist or neuropsychologist can diagnose a concussion or brain injury?
What sports are at risk for concussions?
With any physical activity you can be at risk for a concussion. However, American football, soccer, hockey, wresting and other contact sports have more of a risk.
What are symptoms of concussion or brain injury?
It is important to understand that there are more than physical effects that can occur with multiple concussions or a brain injury.
Athletes can experience behavioral and emotional symptoms:
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of self-control
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Thoughts
Concussion Treatment for Athletes -
All of these symptoms can be addressed through concussion treatment psychotherapy. If you or a love one is experiencing symptoms from a concussion or a brain injury, contact me for a free consultation today.
You can get more information and register for my upcoming 2016 six-week concussion treatment group located in Chicago, IL.
Why should I come see you for concussion treatment?
- This is my life’s work. In addition to working directly with athletes and coaches I research topics effecting athletes, speak publicly about mental health in sports, I work with organizations that advocate for student-athletes’ rights and I have developed the 1 in 4 PROJECT an organization to fight stigma around mental health in the sport’s community.
- The reason many athletes are drawn to me is because they feel relaxed to be themselves in a non-judgmental environment. They begin to feel that I am a part of their support system.
- I have years of experience working with athletes. With that experience I understand the sport culture and I am able to relate to you.
- I also am an expert in working with people who have never work with a therapist before. I am able to work with you as we begin to navigate what is going on and find solutions. My approach to working with athletes is very different than other therapists.