Teenage Cognitive Performance Years After Injury

2014-1111 Child with Brain InjuryAccording to Medical News Today, “Traumatic brain injuries from sports, recreational activities, falls or car accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. While previously it was believed that the window for brain recovery was at most one year after injury, research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neurology shows cognitive performance can be improved to significant degrees months, and even years, after injury, given targeted brain training.”

“The after-effects of concussions and more severe brain injuries can be very different and more detrimental to a developing child or adolescent brain than an adult brain,” said Dr. Lori Cook, study author and director of the Center for BrainHealth’s pediatric brain injury programs. “While the brain undergoes spontaneous recovery in the immediate days, weeks, and months following a brain injury, cognitive deficits may continue to evolve months to years after the initial brain insult when the brain is called upon to perform higher-order reasoning and critical thinking tasks.”

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Thanks to Medical News Today (MNT) for summarizing the study; Center for Brain Health for conducting the study, Google for helping me find the article; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

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  1. Oh, check, as a survivor of almost 30 years and one of the very first people to get a procedure that is now quite commonplace (craniotomy/trephanation by burr hole in order to remove [what in my case were two frontal/temporal] hematomas and cauterize the ruptured vessels in the brain, I’ve known this news for years! 😉

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