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BLOG #9: Brain Injured Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

  1. You are entitled to knowledge about the best treatments available to help heal any wound to the brain, especially Concussion. Do not settle for “We are following the Concussion Protocol.” Do not ignore it, but ask for more.
  2. DO NOT Accept “There’s not very much we can do.” You are entitled the Right to challenge any advice you are given about your diagnosis, treatment, or probable outcome. Knowledge empowers you to know at least as much about a concussion as any trainer, team doctor, athletic director, or coach.
  3. You are entitled and perhaps obligated to read the Concussion Protocol that you will likely be advised to follow, and you are entitled to ask questions about it. You are entitled to second opinions about treatment options.
  4. You are entitled to better advice than “Most kids get better over time.” Current research shows that brain injuries can lead to long-term physical, mental, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
  5. You are entitled to access to a 504 Plan to help your student navigate reduced capacity in school. You are also entitled to read the CDC’s Heads Up material about returning to school after a Concussion:
  6. You are entitled to read any and all research on current brain healing treatments that probably are not included in your Athletic Orientation and baseline testing.
  7. You are under NO obligation to “sit down and do what we tell you.” You have a right, without penalty, to expand the treatment possibilities available to everyone if only they knew to ask.
  8. You are entitled to know that some of the best researchers on brain injury have shown that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can usually provide quick relief from symptoms after Concussion while treating and healing the wound to the brain. That healing dramatically accelerates recovery from Acute Concussion.
  9. You are entitled to know facts about brain wounds that you typically will not hear from traditional medicine, a trainer, a coach, a team doctor, or the Athletic Director. For instance, you can do the entire team and their parents a great service by offering them the opportunity to read the world’s more accomplished expert on Acute Concussions talk about how she has quickly healed 348 out of 350 Acute Concussions. [ ]
  10. You are entitled to know that thousands of athletes have sued and are suing colleges, high schools and professional organizations for failure to properly inform athletes about the dangers of playing certain sports.
  11. You have the right to demand that sports be made safer; that all care givers affiliated with school sports are highly trained and aware of the newest science; that data on head injuries be available (within limits of confidentiality); that Concussion Protocols and cognitive testing are strictly enforced; and that you always have the right to opt out of participation if you feel the risk is too high.
NOTE: The information provided here does not constitute a medical recommendation. It is intended for informational purposes only, and no claims, either real or implied, are being made. Follow all instructions in your school Concussion Protocols and continue to talk to the trainer, the coach, the Athletic Director and school Administrators, along with your family physician. But that’s not the end of what you can do. You have a right to do all you can to get help for your child’s brain wound.
You do NOT have to sit idly by, hoping Concussion Symptoms will go away.
The information provided by does not constitute a medical recommendation. It is intended for informational purposes only, and no claims, either real or implied, are being made.