#450million is a HUGE number, and we are being conservative?
The world population at some point in 2016 was 7,432,663,275!
US research indicates that over 10% of teenagers and 15% of adults have symptoms from a concussion (the mildest form of Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI).
Discount that further, 6% of the world population is #450million
That is OVER #450million people with concussion symptoms that have been undetected or misdiagnosed. They can be from accidents that happened years before, even from childhood?
This is not a criticism of Doctors, it is inevitable when higher profile conditions get more media, funding and are the focus of pharmaceutical companies marketing efforts.
The correct diagnosis is even more difficult if the patient is unaware themselves that they had suffered a concussion and can’t relate this to the medical staff.
Everyone knows a child or adult who has problems:
Not thinking clearly.
Trouble remembering new information.
Sensitivity to light.
Sensitivity to noise.
Ringing in ears.
Behavior or personality changes.
Feeling sad, nervous, or easily angered.
Sleeping more or less than usual.
These are ALL ongoing concussion symptoms that can and do get attributed to other conditions such as:
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)
The result can be unnecessary treatment, medication, loss of self esteem, social isolation and a child or adult will quickly drop behind their peers.
Affecting employment chances, finances and be a considerable burden for families and society.
Everyone knows someone who has had a head injury. Did they suffer a concussion? The concussion itself will lessen the chance that the injured person will recall it? The unfortunate answer is they probably don’t know!
Unless you tell the doctor that you have had a previous head injury, they will not usually be considering concussion as a possible cause of symptoms that are shared with high profile conditions such as ADD, Depression and Anxiety.
This must change, so Minder Foundation is providing:
Education: no nonsense information in everyday terms on what a concussion is, and what it means to the injured and their families. A set of questions you should ask when you attend ER or Medical Center. Doctors seldom enquire about previous head injuries, even when dealing with a recent head injury or with a known head injury symptom!
Assessment/Phone app: free online tests so that a baseline can be set. These are helpful in identifying pre-existing conditions that have little or nothing to do with head trauma. Further tests allow the injured, parents and Doctors to measure, understand and manage any symptoms evident or incidents that occur after testing.
Data Collection: create a central database for head injuries, an excellent free resource for all bonafide research groups!
Protection: evaluate and provide recommendations on the various devices available to combat concussion and blunt trauma head injuries. The more intelligent devices worn increases the amount of data available, and speeds up the research process.
Research: current research is being paid for and aimed at high profile sports, Minder Foundation will focus on the occurrence and treatment of concussions in everyday life where the majority of concussions occur.
Our findings are from our own research, and from documents and videos from the following sources:
TBIs and concussions are very difficult to diagnose, particularly when it is a pre-verbal child who can’t tell you what they feel or someone older who cannot or will not talk about their symptoms.
If Only The Rest Of America Got Concussion Care Like NFL Players!
Life after 13 concussions, Jeremy Roenick NHL retiree!
NFL Footballer Kevin Turner, dead at 46 with CTE, billion $$ payouts yet there are no plans to user head monitors????
The brain can rewire/repair itself!
It’s only when parents have an injured child that the problem is faced, until then you have a score of other worries, bringing up a child is expensive and tiring, you don’t go looking for problems or additional costs!
Well, there’s agreement from Researchers and Doctors that the only true measure that a full recovery from concussion has occurred, is a return to pre-injury “normal” behaviour.
There needs to be a minimum of 2 tests, a baseline and a post incident test, that should be available online FREE to everyone. Why free, free so that everyone with access to an internet connection can use it, current tests target sportspeople, head injuries don’t discriminate, anyone can get one and the tests can show more than just basic information!
The results of the baseline are helpful in identifying pre-existing conditions that have little or nothing to do with head trauma, such as migraine headaches, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety disorders, and panic attacks, all of which can significantly skew test result, the test can assist in targeting the actual symptoms relating to the head injury!
It takes more than one type of test to compile a comprehensive baseline, therefore Minder Foundation wants to take this one step further, by providing the best of these tests through a free phone app and your own personal online panel, we want EVERYONE to establish a baseline for themselves.
Being free means that a larger study group is involved, making the data even more useful for research!
Study suggests that concussion sufferers change work methods!
Thousands of British patients suffering from chronic pain and fatigue could be misdiagnosed with psychological problems when they unknowingly have a type of brain damage.
Those people who complain of the symptoms are not given a series of blood tests that can pinpoint the problem, meaning the true cause is not spotted. Patients are then condemned to years of misery and ineffective therapies.
The major cause of the damage is head injury, which can be relatively mild. However, viruses, tumours and even animal bites can be a trigger.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence was considering including the condition – called post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP) – in its most recent guidance to doctors on how to treat head injury.
UK studies suggest that 70% of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or fibromyalgia patients could actually be suffering from TBI.
Numerous studies have shown that between 20 and 30 per cent of the 135,000 patients who suffer a serious head injury also experience damage to the pituitary gland, which is situated below the brain, behind the nasal cavity.
The gland produces vital hormones that govern many bodily functions, including growth and repair, the sleep-wake cycle and how we react to stress. If the pea-sized organ is damaged, it may stop producing one or more of the essential hormones, triggering the wide-ranging symptoms of hypopituitarism.
There is a misunderstanding that helmets will stop brain injuries, helmets are designed to reduce skull fractures, you can get a concussion without being hit on the head.
For the brain, it’s all about acceleration.
Like the egg, if the skull is stopped too quickly, the brain will suffer a severe injury!
The brain is not what is shown at school or in models, instead of being solid it is more like jello, quite soft and sits inside the skull in cerebral fluid which is a clear, colorless body fluid found in the brain and spine, much like the egg yolk and egg white, and like the egg if you stop the skull too quickly the brain can suffer damage, but here is the difference, the egg shell cracks and you can see the damage, a brain can get damaged without the skull showing any damage!
SOURCE, warning disturbing vision!
TBI’s are classified based on severity and/or mechanism. Whether through a blunt trauma where the skull is penetrated or not, or occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area. Head injury usually refers to TBI, but is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or caused by an impact that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. You can have a concussion with no visible signs of an injury.
TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults.
Another story regarding Autism and that the affects can be “drugged out”, no mention of the possible link to concussion!
Quote “Many of the newly identified genes are classified as “druggable” ― meaning that scientists know that they can devise molecules that can interact with the proteins created by these genes to alter their function, Pletcher explained. In fact, the study’s authors estimate that around 80 percent of the 61 genes discovered hold potential as the target for medications.”
Males sustain traumatic brain injuries more frequently than do females. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence.
In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury, a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the injury. These processes, which include alterations in cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull, contribute substantially to the damage from the initial injury.
There is no way currently to show damage for CTE in a living person, which is the reason CTE cannot currently be diagnosed whilst someone is alive.
The only known diagnosis for CTE occurs by studying the brain tissue after death.
Concussions are non-structural injuries and do not result in brain bleeding, which is why most concussions cannot be seen on routine neuroimaging tests such as CT or MRI
Acute concussion symptoms (those that occur shortly after an injury) should not be confused with CTE. Differentiating between prolonged post-concussion syndrome (PCS, where symptoms begin shortly after a concussion and last for weeks, months, and sometimes even years) and CTE symptoms can be difficult.
Research studies are currently examining whether neuroimaging can detect subtle changes in axonal integrity and structural lesions that can occur in CTE.
Recently, more progress in diagnostic techniques in living people for CTE has been made, using DTI, fMRI, MRI, and MRS imaging; however, more research needs to be done before any such techniques can be validated.
Current national databases tend toward collating statistics rather than specific data aimed at individual injuries.
Minder Foundation propose a resource where individuals log data to their cpanel on Minder.foundation
Initially this will be baseline and post injury tests, then expanding as technology allows.
All data collected is transferred anonymously to our online central database, accessible by recognised research facilities.
Imagine the benefits of a central data resource for head injury research!
SPORTS Vs GENERAL PLAY
Statistics show that in sport, Girls are most at risk from head injuries, a higher percentage of Girls get head injuries than Boys!
Is this because boys benefit from rough house play when young to develop spatial awareness, can spatial awareness be developed in adults?
A higher % of head injuries occur in sports where the players run with a head-down attitude, basketball, hockey and soccer where young participants run looking down at the ball, their heads are the first point of contact?
SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME
Second Impact Syndrome, if a player returns to the game or practice too early, and there is severe brain swelling a further concussive event can be FATAL – this is Second Impact Syndrome.
At best, get another hit and concussion symptoms last a lot longer,
Sensitive to light/sound
Difficulty concentrating and
Feel like you’re in a fog
The dangers of returning early have been recognized by legislators with the drafting of the “Lystedt Law”
In 2006, Zackery Lystedt suffered a brain injury following his return to a middle school football game after sustaining a concussion. Zackery, his family and a broad range of medical, business and community partners lobbied the Washington state legislature for a law to protect young athletes in all sports from returning to play too soon. The Lystedt law contains three essential elements:
* Athletes, parents and coaches must be educated about the dangers of concussions each year.
* If a young athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she must be removed from a game or practice and not be permitted to return to play. When in doubt, sit them out.
* A licensed health care professional must clear the young athlete to return to play in the subsequent days or weeks.
We applaud what has been done, but a lot more needs to happen, one of which is to wear a monitor to record whatever impacts sports people suffer, which is why we are developing the Minder!
WHAT IS MINDER?
Our ultimate mission is to provide a low cost wearable to provide blunt trauma protection and detailed information on head injuries.
Young children can suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury prior to be able to complete our test, thus a monitor can provide information to assess what injuries have occurred, then measured against peers when the test is done?
For instance, pre-verbal children cannot articulate what they feel and how a head bump affects them, a monitor allows this information to be replayed to a doctor at a later date.
Doctors can only assess on information given, the data available is priceless when confronted with an unseen incident or an injured child (or older) who cannot or will not communicate their symptoms.
Unreported concussions and minor impacts are now revealed and can be measured.
No guessing the occurrence or extent of an impact
In sport, the decision to rest an injured player can’t be debated!
When any data is read on the phone app it is also sent to your cpanel on Minder.zone, if preset parameters are exceeded a message is sent to the preset emergency contact, you have the peace of mind knowing you will be contacted immediately if a head injury occurs!
Special needs children:
And any situation that can cause your baby to involuntarily (or voluntarily) bump his head on his surroundings can now be assessed.
This is why we need more education!
After the Fall: How pink is your concussion? (What women equestrians need to know.)
The Real Story why Doctors Don’t Listen to Those With Concussion
- Ignorance. This may seem like a harsh term to many (particularly the doctors), although it simply means that most primary care providers lack the knowledge and information necessary to properly question and screen for these types of conditions.
- Invisible. Concussions are not seen on CT scans or found in blood work. They are silent injuries that result in functional problems with balance, vision, cognitive abilities, and more. Conventional medical approaches are not well suited for these conditions; therefore, doctors are less inclined to listen to problems they cannot treat.
- Overwhelming. The number of symptoms and conditions that can result from a hit to the head are staggering (we’ve compiled a list of over 50!). Most doctors when presented with 5, 10, or more complaints may focus only on 1 or 2 as this is what they are accustomed to.
- Unknown. Even with all the attention given to concussion over the past several years in sports, the media, and movies, this is still uncharted territory for most providers in mainstream medicine. This is also true for many of the doctors those with concussion are being referred to.
An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year!
Our mission is to alert others through the Humpty Challenge, and make tests available, so that they can understand their symptoms, to improve their quality of life, and potentially their families would be fantastic for them and a sense of achievement for us!
If you want to learn more about TBIs there are other videos in this series for you to watch.
Minder Foundation are establishing FREE online baseline, post-concussion and rehabilitation tests.
Plus provide a FREE online user panel and easy to use phone app to do the tests or upload details of ANY head injuries.
These will allow patients, parents and Medical Professionals to maintain historical data and monitor changes thru a head injury.
The resultant database will also provide a valuable (free) source of anonymous data for all bonafide researchers.
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