LoveYourBrain Tip From Kevin: Listen To People Who Know You!

LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 2.15.2016 | BY KEVIN PEARCE

Last week, Adam and I had the opportunity to share my story and speak about the LoveYourBrain foundation on Vermont Public Radio.  One of the topics we discussed was the importance of listening to the opinions of those who really know you – and knew you before your TBI.

Since the brain is the very organ that is injured in a TBI, it is often difficult to accurately interpret the extent of your injury.  You may feel competent to perform an activity you were capable of doing before your injury, especially if you were an expert.

Unfortunately, the painful reality is that your brain is injured, meaning the functions your brain controls are affected.  You may not be able to perform those actions anymore; in fact, it may be dangerous for you to engage in that activity if it puts your brain at risk for another injury.

When you’re considering returning to your sport, or any pre-TBI activities, recognize that you may not be the best judge of your abilities.  Have open conversations with your closest friends and family and listen to their assessments of where you are in your recovery.  Trust the people that love you and have your best interest in mind - they may have the clearest perspective.