Kelly Armstrong

Kelly Armstrong

Lecture Topic: Gender Specific Hormonal and Cognitive Responses after tCMPS Induced Stress Reduction in Concussion Patients

Post-concussion syndrome is a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months, or a year or more after a concussion. PCS symptoms include headaches, chronic pain, dizziness, fatigue, memory problems and insomnia. It is supported in literature that sports-related and military-related head traumas antagonize stress levels. The sympathetic system is designed for short term survival, and “upregulation” or persistent tone in this system, commonly called stress, is believed to be related to PCS symptomatology, longer recovery times and cognitive decline in memory. This lecture will present the first sex-dependant study analyzing the specific influence of tCMPS induced HPA stress deactivation has on endocrine sex hormones, cognitive performance and Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) symptomatology when applied to a n=35 sample Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) patients.

 

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