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Patient Outcomes at Cognitive FX Based on Gender, Age, Mode of Injury, and Time Since Injury

Patient Outcomes at Cognitive FX Based on Gender, Age, Mode of Injury, and Time Since Injury

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On a regular basis, we’re asked if gender and/or age influence one’s ability to recover. We are also asked if how someone was injured, or how long it has been since their injury will influence their ability to recover.

Our research has found that while it is important to understand these demographics, these factors don’t deter the ability to recover in a short period of time.

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Objective and Subjective Measurements in Our Research

Objective and Subjective Measurements in Our Research

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Any good scientist knows that in every good data set there must be a way to look at the data objectively and subjectively. Without both types of data, it can be hard to have a full picture and understanding of what is being studied.

What Does Objective Measurement Mean?

Objective measurement is something that is measured consistently. For example, measuring how well someone can perform a set number of tasks in a controlled environment. There are no other factors that can alter the data gathered with this measurement.

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Differences Between Post-Concussion Syndrome PCS & Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy (CTE)

Differences Between Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) & Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy (CTE)

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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is caused by the brain hitting the skull. This can happen in sports, car accidents, falling, or anything similar. A concussion can even be the result of a whiplash. Whenever the body moves quickly back and forth and the brain in turn hits the inside of the skull, it can result in a concussion. A concussion can cause damage to nerves and neurons, alter the blood flow in the brain, and cause chemical and functionality changes in the brain.

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The Value of Objective Concussion Diagnosis and Assessment

The Value of Objective Concussion Diagnosis and Assessment

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Using functional NeuroCognitive Imaging (fNCI) brain scan technology, we are able to measure the function and activation levels of 60 regions in the brain. We can clearly and objectively see which parts of the brain are working too hard or not working hard enough.  Many of our patients are grateful for the objective analysis of fNCI because it gives them a precise understanding of how their injury is influencing their brain's ability to work efficiently.

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Can One Treat the Long-Term Effects of Concussion

Can One Treat the Long-Term Effects of Concussion?

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

About a year ago I did an interview over the phone with a sports-talk radio show in Texas. The topic was concussion in high school football (Texas is all about high school football). I talked about treatment for long-term concussion effects and how new therapies are available that can be extremely effective. I also mentioned research that shows treatment effectiveness even when the concussion (or concussions) happened years earlier.

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fNCI – The Most Objective Method to Diagnose a Concussion

fNCI – The Most Objective Method to Diagnose a Concussion

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fNCI Beginnings & Research 

For over a decade, Notus Neuropsychological Imaging has been researching the human brain and the effects of concussion.  During this time, Notus developed an imaging technology called Functional NeuroCognitive Imaging (fNCI) that examines over 60 regions of the brain, making it possible to objectively diagnose a concussion or mTBI.  fNCI can accurately depict which brain regions are overcompensating for others and which regions are not working enough, giving the therapists at Cognitive FX specific neuromarkers that clarify the severity and extent of a concussion.

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NeuroVascular Coupling the Secret to Recovering from a Concussion

NeuroVascular Coupling the Secret to Recovering from a Concussion

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After decades of research, Cognitive FX, in collaboration with Notus Neuropsychological Imaging, found the secret to understanding and recovering from a concussion: NeuroVascular Coupling (NVC). NVC is essentially the connection between the neurons, the astrocyte, and the amount of oxygen, and other nutrients from our vascular supply (blood flow) in our brain.

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Active Rehabilitation Key to Successfully Recovering from Concussion

Active Rehabilitation Key to Successfully Recovering from Concussion

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For years the protocol has been to rest until symptoms stop, and that if you start participating in an activity and you experience symptoms to stop what you are doing and rest. In the first few weeks after initial injury, rest is important and can help prepare the brain to be active and function properly again, and for the majority of people they recover from their injury in this time frame. There are however a group of individuals (around 15% of those diagnosed with a concussion) where symptoms persist after a few weeks. Typically, the diagnosis is post-concussion syndrome. So when do you stop resting and start being active again? 

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4 Components of Successful Concussion Treatment

4 Components of Successful Concussion Treatment

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.
 Originally Published at Utah valley Health & Wellness Magazine Here
 
As a scientist who studies concussion and does research on concussion treatment, I was recently asked what I would do if I needed concussion treatment. What questions would I ask, from my perspective as an expert? To answer this, my questions would focus on what I see as the four components of successful concussion recovery—diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and maintenance.
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The Quality of Life After a Concussion: An Oxymoron?

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Dr. Alina Fong Ph. D.

I meet with patients every single day who have been dealing with concussion symptoms. Sometimes they have been experiencing them for a short amount of time, and others have been dealing with them for months and even years.

When I meet with those that have dealt with symptoms longer, many times I hear things like “I am a different person," or “Life is different” or “I used to be different…”

After a concussion, there are so many changes that can occur in almost every area of your world. For many people after a head injury or concussion, quality of life goes down, but I want you to know there is hope, and you are not alone in your experience. 

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Having & Keeping Motivation in 4 Steps

Having & Keeping Motivation in 4 Steps

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By Brittany Prijatel, Sports Psychology Consultant

Motivation comes and goes, but one thing to remember is that it is possible to cultivate motivation. You can find and create motivation even when you are feeling unmotivated.

 As we move forward into the new year, we are at the height of personal change as well as establishing new routines.

Here are 4 tips to keep in mind as we approach all the changes that we are looking to incorporate into our life.

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Setting & Achieving Goals

Setting & Achieving Goals

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Everyone has their own ideas and opinions about goals and goal setting. One of the things that I notice as I work with individuals during EPIC concussion treatment, is that a lot of time it is not the goals that we are failing at but instead the goal setting. It may sound like a small difference but it can have a huge impact on achieving our goals.

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Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

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By Brittany Prijatel - Sports Psychological Consultant

Gratitude is a profound tool for cultivating positivity. Gratitude is simply the conscious act of bringing your attention to what you have or want to appreciate. More importantly, gratitude is a choice. By taking the time to appreciate the abundance that we have in our lives, we create a momentum towards receiving even more. When you begin to say thank you for the things that you have, and the kindness others share, you truly notice all the great things you have to be thankful for each day.

Gratitude has been demonstrated to have a large impact on multiple areas of your life. By being grateful studies have shown that individuals have seen improvements with:

  • Immune System
  • A Decrease in Blood Pressure
  • Improvements in Sleep & Relationships
  • Increases in Happiness
  • More Feelings of Enthusiasm, Interest, Attentiveness, Energy, & Determination
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Awareness & Concussion Recovery

Awareness & Concussion Recovery

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By Britany Prijatel - Cognitive FX Sports Psychology Consultant 

What is Awareness?

Awareness is defined as having knowledge, or being in the state or condition of being conscious of your surroundings. This concept can be applied to many different subjects, but awareness is an important part of understanding a concussion and your recovery process. It takes awareness to facilitate change, even if it is changing a mindset. 

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