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More Than $US500 Million In Claims Have Been Approved Under The NFL’s Concussion Settlement, Nearly A Decade Earlier Than League Officials Estimated They Would Reach That Amount.

Claims Administrators In The Settlement Released An Updated Report On The Concussion Settlement Information Website Saying About $US502 Million ($676.63 Million) Had Been Approved In Less Than Two Years Of The Settlement.

The Original Actuarial Estimates From The NFL Estimated Little More Than $US400 Million ($539.15 Million) Would Be Paid Out In The First Decade.

 

 

Is This A Bit Ludicrous?

Impaired Cognition Is One Of The Most Serious Consequences Of A Concussion. Attention, Memory And Learning Can Be Gravely Impacted By Trauma To The Head. However, Evidence Is Emerging Which Suggests That Cognitive Training Can Play An Important Role In Post-Concussion Rehabilitation.

In Recent Years, Brain Training, Whereby An Individual Is Challenged To Engage In A Series Of Visual And Auditory Tasks, Has Gained Popularity Within The Professional Sporting Community. Cognitive Training Has Been Shown To Improve Cognitive Skills Such As Reaction-Time, Agility, Executive Function, And Perception Among Others. Several World-Class Athletes, Including NBA Point-Guard Steph Curry And NFL Safety Reshad Jones Have Incorporated Cognitive-Based Exercises Into Their Training.

Danish Inventor, Erik Veje Rasmussen, Created FITLIGHT Trainer – An Interactive Training Tool, Which Uses Lights To Challenge Cognition By Way Of Visual Tracking, Motor Coordination, Processing Speed And Working Memory. The System Has Been Utilized For Performance Training And Brain Trauma Rehabilitation (I.E. Concussion).

What Happens Physiologically To The Brain During A Concussion?

A Concussion Is A Mild Form Of Traumatic Brain Injury That Causes A Temporary Disturbance In Brain Cells That Can Disrupt Brain Function. This Injury Is The Result Of Acceleration And Deceleration Of The Brain Inside The Skull Causing Brain Tissue To Stretch And Shear. This Stretching Of The Brain Leads To An Ion Imbalance, Causing An Excitatory Response And Ultimately An Energy Deficit In The Affected Cells Of The Brain (Pavlova, 2018).

Unfortunately, A Person’s Physical State Post-Concussion Says Very Little About The Health Of Their Brain. An Individual May Feel Fine Physically, Thinking They Are Ready To Return To Their Sport, When In Actuality, They Have Decreased Cognitive Ability. Therefore, Brain Training, Through Use Of FITLIGHT Trainer, For Instance, Should Be A Staple Of Most Concussion Rehabilitation Programs. It Has The Ability To Both Detect Cognitive Impairment And Improve Cognitive Skills That May Have Been Lost Due To The Trauma. A Study Conducted By Mercy Sports Medicine In 2017 Highlights The Importance Of Taking An Athlete Through A Gradual Return To Sport Progression. The Use Of Brain Training Systems That Mimic The Visual Cues An Athlete Receives In Their Sport Allow For The Athlete To Retrain Their Brain In A Controlled Environment (Keenan).

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