By Ken Reed
We at League of Fans spend a lot of time researching and writing about developments in the field of sports concussions. Most of these are reports on new studies that have scary findings regarding the short and long-term impact of brain trauma.
However, we also want to note positive developments on this issue when we come across them. We were made aware of one such positive development recently.
Neurofeedback training is a new technology that is designed to retrain the brain after years of blows to the head. It’s providing new hope for former players who suffered brain injuries during their playing days.
A pilot study involving the New Hope for the Brain Center in Lakewood, Colorado is showing promise in helping former football players who’ve been dealing with declining brain function.
Dave Studdard, a former offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos, said the neurofeedback technology has removed “the constant fog” he had been living in. Another former Bronco, Jon Keyworth, said he has experienced significant improvement since beginning the therapy.
Perhaps most promising of all is that the positive results seem to be holding up a year after treatment.
Here’s a short video clip on the neurofeedback training for brain injuries.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of FansPrint
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