Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment and Treatment
Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCIA-EEG, Director of Gray Matters, speaks about concussions, the use of functional brain imaging in evaluation and neurofeedback for treatment. Neuroimaging makes concussion, the “invisible injury,” both visible and measurable. This technique is also used to modify patterns of activity to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Accurate tracking of concussion based on the measurement of brain activity, rather than by inference, allows for truly informed decisions. Brain imaging shows that signs of concussion frequently remain long after symptoms resolve, leaving the brain vulnerable to more significant injury. The concrete data produced by brain imaging allows decisions regarding return to play and return to be made with greater confidence, protecting athletes and their careers alike.
Anthony Silver holds advanced degrees in both Psychology and Marriage and Family therapy, and is both a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board-Certified Neurofeedback Clinician. He has treated thousands of children and adults, many of whom became medication free in the process. He regularly consults and mentors in the field of neuroimaging, and is a guest lecturer at Fairfield University. He has been published in both clinical publications and the New York Times on multiple occasions, and has made many appearances on TV. He was recently contracted by the NFL to perform QEEGs as an ongoing program to screen both current and retired NFL players in the Northeast. His book, Making the Invisible Visible, is due to be published in 2017.