The Concussion Resolution Protocol initiates a concussed athlete’s transition from a concussed state to a recovering state, from being uncomfortably symptomatic to being happily symptom-free.
Better than 90% of treated cases experience the shift during or right after the initial CRP session, usually within an hour and a half of being treated.
Given this favorable recovery rate, a significant number of swiftly recovering, sport-induced concussion cases could potentially be concussion recovery study models.
From this possibility, a compelling question emerges. Could scientific scrutiny of routinely recovering concussion cases reveal currently undetected brain and nervous system activities that occur during the self-correcting and healing processes?
If so, would these actively transitioning recovery models represent a brand-new opportunity to measure the unseen processes and elements of recovery from this historically confounding head injury?
In January 2017, I had an opportunity to ask an extremely accomplished, world-renowned scientist a very specific question: “If I could produce a steady stream of concussion recovery models, concussed but otherwise healthy athletes in the initial hours of their recoveries, would you be interested?”
My question clearly suggested an extraordinary opportunity to repeatedly observe and measure the swiftly occurring physiological changes as they occur during an athlete’s actual shift from being concussed to the onset of recovery and healing. It shouldn’t be difficult to guess his response. After a brief pause, he answered thoughtfully, “Yes, but let’s start with five.”
Given the absence of proactive treatment options, most traditional concussion interaction has been limited to examination of the random and enigmatic dysfunction of competitive athletes right after they’ve been concussed, then at regular intervals while they’re experiencing a variety of after-effects in the progression from initial presentation through eventual recovery.
Such observations are periodic snapshots of the gradually progressing recovery processes over the course of days, weeks, and months, as opposed to fluid, real-time recovery activities underway and in motion.
Virtually all concussion cases carry recognizable similarities, yet each case is acknowledged as, and presumed to be distinctly different. The overall presentation is so puzzling that for decades, athletes are routinely advised, post-examination, to return home and rest until all symptoms are gone.
The long-standing hope for an effective concussion treatment has relied in large measure upon our advanced technological and methodological capabilities to unearth new clues and possible solutions.
Thus far however, this expansive field and its numerous capabilities have been unable to detect the invisible and seemingly imperceptible subtleties of concussions and especially concussion recoveries.
Given how little is actually understood about the concussion-influenced brain, there’s very little reliable information to work with.
As a result, the preponderance of concussion research has not focused on treatment. Most research is redirected to the related fields of prevention and diagnostics. The hope of a myriad of research efforts is to technologically identify or diagnostically isolate the contributing or causative factors of concussions. Promising results from either of these two research arenas could conceivably give rise to either of two persistently elusive concussion objectives: effective preventatives or restorative interventions.
But now, the presence of the CRP provides a fresh new angle from which to approach this perpetual enigma. A realistic question arises: Is it now possible that the complex and currently intangible pathways of genetically endowed brain and nervous system restoration can be witnessed, recorded, and quantified?
The potential to monitor the active intricacies of restorative central nervous system (CNS) transitions in real time would very likely carry the unparalleled opportunity to gain valuable insight into a significantly information-scarce and largely indecipherable realm.
If state-of-the-art research had the ongoing opportunity to clinically scrutinize a succession of otherwise healthy competitive athletes, in recovery, rapidly normalizing following CRP application, what might these newly available, readily visible, and potentially measurable observations actually reveal? Might we now observe and measure the natural, but heretofore unobservable healing activities of a concussed-but-recovering brain? Such observations could change lives.
With a continuous real-time stream of “concussion recovery models” and the world’s most technologically advanced diagnostic capabilities, the incalculable benefits of directly observing the brain and nervous system amidst the currently-obscure processes of healing boggles and inspires the mind.