Joint effort focuses on concussion support
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:00 pm
Trainer for Project BRAIN Wanda Baker visited the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center recently to discuss the Tennessee Disability Coalition’s support services for dealing with concussions. Project BRAIN (http://www.tndisability.org/coalition_programs/project_brain) is a resource and training network for educators, families and health professionals who work with students in Tennessee who have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The focus of Project BRAIN is to support Tennessee children with TBI. Representatives educate families, schools and individuals about head injury and services that are available. “This is a Tennessee program for students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. It’s free to them, regardless of whether they attend public school or private school,” said Baker.
The most frequent cause of death in children and adolescents in the United States is traumatic brain injury.
Although awareness of TBI has increased in recent years, there is still a need for improvement.
Detecting TBI is the first vital step. “Learning how to recognize a concussion is the biggest challenge. You don’t have to hit your head or lose consciousness to have a concussion. Nine out of 10 patients had no loss of consciousness,” Baker added. When a child endures TBI, signs and symptoms may not show up for days, weeks or months. This can be especially dangerous because a second impact can be fatal to children younger than 21.
The Tennessee Hyperbaric Center offers treatment for individuals who have suffered concussions. The treatment involves breathing 100 percent medical grade oxygen under pressure, and TBI patients have ranged from high school athletes to professional athletes to individuals involved in accidents.
The Tennessee Hyperbaric Center and Pain Specialist Center clinics are located at 15 Stonebridge in Jackson.
For more information about HBOT and concussion, call Kristi at 731-660-2056 or email email@example.com. Information is available online at hyperbaricoxygentherapies.com, www.facebook.com/Tennessee.Hyperbaric and www.youtube.com/user/TNHyperbaricCenter. Published in The Messenger 11.7.12