The Concussion Recovery Protocol (CRP)
Re-examining Concussions — Solving the Recovery Riddle
The head is the principal location of human consciousness – the vital life force. Concussions forcefully “disturb” consciousness, abruptly limiting its vital influence.
Consciousness, the “vital life force,” is the formless animating energy that empowers all living things. Consciousness, as defined here, is both awareness and energy.
Consciousness permeates and enlivens every aspect of the human body. Cells don’t split without it, babies aren’t born without it, kids don’t grow without it, hearts don’t beat without it, nerve impulses don’t flow without it, thoughts don’t occur without it, and compromised brains degenerate without it. Living things expire when it is no longer present.
“It” is the quintessential life force. Consciousness is the same animating energy that distinguishes a newborn baby from a stillborn baby, a coroner from a cadaver, a cemetery visitor from a permanent resident, a hospital patient with vital life signs from another patient with none.
It is the one and only spark of life. If you’re reading this, you have it. And in essence, you are it.
Sport-induced concussions suffered by otherwise healthy athletes are, first and foremost, a disturbance in consciousness. Concussive forces disorient the innermost sense of being, the animating energy of life.
Initiating “the Shift”
One of the most inspiring aspects of the Concussion Recovery Protocol is being present to witness an athlete as he or she verbalizes the welcome changes they experience in the initial and ongoing moments during “the shift,” the transition from the unwelcome experience of being concussed to the beginning hour(s) of recovery.
This notable transition is signaled by various upbeat changes in an athlete’s demeanor, expression, and verbal statements. What actually happens is simple and uncomplicated. The shift occurs when an athlete consciously recognizes that an obvious reduction and/or elimination in symptoms has just occurred — the welcome transition from being concussed and symptomatic to the beginning hour(s) of asymptomatic recovery. The shift occurs during or immediately following a CRP session in more than 90% of cases.
Compelling recovery testimonials, experience-based rationale, and informed explanations that delineate the efficacy of the CRP and its restorative function are one thing. But each athlete’s direct experience of the CRP and the grateful communication of their favorable results supports the validity of the protocol unlike any other eventuality.
Consciousness and Concussions
As the formless, energetic essence that constitutes the vital life force, consciousness is also the innermost sense of being, literally and simultaneously the awareness of existence and the animating spark of life…
The corresponding extension of consciousness, its physical counterparts (form), are the brain, the nervous system, and the body. A forceful disturbance in consciousness (formlessness) can immediately disrupt any number of brain, nervous system, and physiological functions (form). Every concussion is potentially life-changing, and should never be regarded as anything less. Thankfully though, the majority of concussion cases exhibit neither evidence of tissue damage nor any detectable (physical) injury.
Nonetheless, concussions in and of themselves, can swiftly destabilize physiological function simply by disrupting the vital life force.
Concussion or TBI?
Medical science has reiterated for decades that the vast majority of concussions show no evidence of brain or tissue damage. Conversely, the term traumatic brain injury (TBI) directly implies actual harm to the brain. Unfortunately, there is a firmly entrenched assumption that the term concussion is readily interchangeable with the description traumatic brain injury (TBI), equating concussions with actual brain injuries. This unsubstantiated assignment of identifiers is, at a minimum, ill-advised and fear-provoking. The two should not be considered the same.
A Necessary Addition to the Concussion Definition
The widely accepted definition(s) of sport-induced concussions are missing the most fundamental element involved in, and affected by the injury — consciousness. Overlooking or eliminating the key component of consciousness renders the concussion definition incomplete. This fundamental oversight is a likely contributor, at least in part, to the long-standing absence of any ameliorative or restorative treatment, as well as the seemingly permanent classification of concussions as untreatable.
All sport-induced concussions involve a disturbance in consciousness, a disturbance in the vital life force. Depending upon one’s orientation and perspective, embracing the concept that concussions are fundamentally disturbances in consciousness will vary from “no way” to “maybe” to “obviously.”
Academic, scientific, or speculative objections to the foregoing are understandable, especially given the absence of any scientific proof which defines the energies of consciousness as both the quintessential life force and the superior precursor to the brain and body.
These contrary, centuries-old perspectives underscore the long-standing debate between philosophy and science about the very nature of existence. The gritty diversity of these viewpoints also reflects the essential differences between traditional and non-traditional orientation, which includes the contrasting approaches and notable disparities in treatment methods and outcomes between conventional and complementary medicine.
Fortunately for all, neither allegiance to, nor alignment with any particular bias, preference, or school of thought (traditional, non-traditional, or anything in between or beyond), are necessary to experience, observe and verify the directly restorative efficacy of the Concussion Recovery Protocol. The results and outcomes speak for themselves. The protocol works.
The forceful impact of a sport-induced concussion inflicts overwhelming and unmanageable trauma on the body, which results in a rapid influx of physiological dysfunction. No physical body system, function, or its inherent components are exempt from concussive disruption.
Some concussion-induced deficits are noticeable to sideline or nearby observers. Some are internal, and discernible only to the athlete. Some deficits can only be revealed by tests and lab analysis. Other deficits are likely indiscernible to all, including the ever-expanding and wide-ranging methodological analyses and advanced electrodiagnostic devices.
Notably more elusive to determine, yet often readily understood by concussed athletes, is that sport-induced concussions instantly disturb an athlete’s fundamental consciousness, clouding or muddling the basic sense of being as “foggy” or “ungrounded.” The force of the injury inexplicably alters one’s normally clear awareness of existence to a suddenly unclear state of “feeling off,” frequently described with other similarly-devitalized descriptions, most of which equate to a general sense of “not being right.”
In essence, the conscious life force (the true self) is unsettled, devitalized, feeling ungrounded, uninspired, not normally oriented, and on some intangible experiential level, “just not right.”
The immediate, usually simultaneous result of concussive impact is that the brain and nervous system are now operating without the normal complement of vitalizing energy; they are no longer running on an essential supply of quality fuel. The physiological command center, the central nervous system, is no longer in sync with its essential vitalizing element: consciousness.
This abrupt, unwelcome transition from conscious to concussed can be compared to sudden neurological insobriety. A focused, clear-headed race car driver who, out of the blue, experiences sudden, debilitating intoxication at the wheel during a competitive race would instantly lose perceptual, mental and experiential clarity to a disabling and overwhelming rush of ambiguous perceptions and unreliable physical functionality.
The predominant number of sport-induced concussions result in similarly transient brain dysfunction and physiological irregularities. The keywords are transient and dysfunction, because despite the rapid and unsettling experience of impact-induced dysfunction, concussion diagnoses rarely reveal brain damage.
Although it is well established and reaffirmed that no evidence of brain damage or harm from sport-induced concussions is detectable using the most advanced electrodiagnostic instrumentation and methodologies, it is essential for concussion sufferers to ensure a full recovery before resuming any vigorous activities.
This essential precaution is underscored by historical records that reveal competitive athletes have been permanently incapacitated and killed in the U.S. by sport-induced head trauma for over a century. This is a truly ugly aspect of American sports history that has been sadly underemphasized and too often conveniently overlooked. Given expanded educational efforts, it is now common knowledge that head injuries can have devastating effects and are never to be taken lightly.
Brain Damage and Avoidance
There is an accurate, albeit necessarily rigid scientific perspective which states, at present, there is no definitive causality between repetitive head trauma and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This may soon change with the impending emergence of potential CTE biomarkers.
While the perspective that sport-induced head trauma and CTE cannot be definitively linked may be factual, it underscores the practical limitations of the scientific method to operate in some intangible or sub-empirical realms.
But many if not most dedicated observers of combative sports need not wait for official confirmation. Any debate about whether or not repetitive or mismanaged head trauma is a causal factor in brain damage is a misuse of time and energy.
The issue of repetitive concussions being causal factors in the manifestation of brain damage is sadly and undeniably the direct result of two diametrically opposing approaches (one sensible, one reckless) in the handling of any sport-induced concussion.
Completely different outcomes are seen, and can be expected, in athletes who immediately discontinue all activity upon recognizing their concussion symptoms, in stark contrast to athletes who, whether aware or unaware of the risks, continue to engage in sporting activities despite the presence of symptoms.
The athlete who continues to play with symptoms is doing so without the full complement of his or her most indispensible resource, life force vitality, and is almost assuredly provoking the degradation of already traumatized tissue. At varying rates of speed, continuing to play with symptoms will ultimately result in the commencement and progression of actual tissue damage, the result of consciousness and physiology being out of sync.
On the flip side is the athlete who recognizes the onset of concussion symptoms, immediately terminates the activities that generated the injury, and strictly follows the RTP guidelines. He or she does not resume any semblance of vigorous activity until each step of the RTP is successfully completed, no matter how long it takes.
The Fortuity of Initiating Recoveries
The recovery-oriented efficacy of the CRP has been reinforced by repeated and countless experiences directly observing concussed, competitive athletes as they transition from the unwanted symptomatic state of being concussed to the welcome initial hour(s) of recovery.
When you see the CRP work initially, it is a surprise. Part of the surprise is because the initial stages of recovery most often occur right there, in your presence, within the confines of the initial session. It’s a welcome development, definitely an eye-opener, but more of a pleasant internal revelation than anything else. But that’s just the first time…
To see it work again, and again, and again, time after time, is remarkable. It elicits genuine hope, and at the same time, it initiates an unending rush of wonderment and ponderable inquiries. To see it work repeatedly, even without understanding the fundamental mechanisms, eventually shifts one’s perspective to the inescapable realization that the CRP is not only an effective concussion resolution protocol, but it’s a routinely reliable concussion resolution protocol as well.
The most vitally necessary, yet utterly absent, puzzle-piece in the entire concussion landscape is a safe, reliable solution for the enigmatic and globally prevalent malady we know as sport-induced concussions.
The trauma-induced blend of undetectable energetic disturbances and unmistakable physical disruptions destabilizes the crucial synchronicity between the conscious life force and basic physiological function.
The absence of synchronicity is sometimes so obvious that just-concussed athletes are often observed struggling just to rise, stumbling erratically, or falling down in a simple attempt to exit the playing field.
At present, concussed athletes pass from their chosen arenas of sport, through a variety of assessment and management activities, before they eventually return home to rest until all symptoms resolve.
The CRP is a unobtrusive element that helps resolve concussive trauma in an uncomplicated manner. The intent is to simply assist mobilization of the athlete’s transiently-disabled self-policing and self-correcting functionality. Thereafter, the athlete’s collective faculties (life force energy, physiological defenses, inborn genetics) can and will naturally correct the complex mix of commingled, post-concussive imbalances currently out of harmony with whole body health and wellness.
Properly reinstated and fully supported by the fundamental presence of consciousness, the body’s innate, genetically-driven restoration mechanisms (natural healing processes) can then proceed with the body’s inborn and highest-ranking directive, to maintain physiological functionality, balance, and homeostasis.