13 episodes

I am Melanie Wienhoven and doctors told me I had to learn to live with my debilitating post-concussion symptoms. Refusing that reality, I built my own recovery method and made a full recovery from post-concussion syndrome 6 years after injury. Now, my team and I are on a mission to share hope, tools, expertise and recognition with you, so you can recover much faster than I did. You are not alone!

Concussion Stories podcast Lifeyana

    • Health & Fitness

I am Melanie Wienhoven and doctors told me I had to learn to live with my debilitating post-concussion symptoms. Refusing that reality, I built my own recovery method and made a full recovery from post-concussion syndrome 6 years after injury. Now, my team and I are on a mission to share hope, tools, expertise and recognition with you, so you can recover much faster than I did. You are not alone!

    Concussion Stories: Resting Your Brain After Concussion [Professor McCrea]

    Concussion Stories: Resting Your Brain After Concussion [Professor McCrea]

    What to do with the advice to rest your brain after sustaining a concussion? A lot of us still get this advice, and a lot of us are confused about it. Because we notice it doesn’t work, and even leaves us feeling worse than before. Where does this advice come from, and more importantly: what to do with it? Professor Michael McCrea is an absolute authority on traumatic brain injury (concussions and post-concussion syndrome are traumatic brain injury). He shares from his experience and insight based on 2 massive American research projects involving both civilians and military service members.

    • 28 min
    Concussion Stories: Neuroplasticity and Brain Injury [Professor Sitskoorn]

    Concussion Stories: Neuroplasticity and Brain Injury [Professor Sitskoorn]

    Neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, means the ability of the brain to form and reorganize new connections, also after injury. If you want to understand why you need an active approach toward post-concussion syndrome recovery, you need to understand neuroplasticity. And who better to learn about neuroplasticity from than Professor Sitskoorn? As the author of numerous books on this topic, you could say “Neuroplasticity” is her middle name. Together with Melanie, she completely brings the topic to life in this episode of Concussion Stories!


    Interview shownotes: https://www.lifeyana.com/neuroplasticity-professor-sitskoorn/


    Free guide: https://www.lifeyana.com/3-ways-to-speed-up-your-concussion-recovery-right-now/


    Lifeyana Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisislifeyana/


    Table of contents:


    00:45 Professor Sitskoorn
    06:19 Neuroplasticity: how it works
    12:31 Neuroplasticity after a concussion
    21:19 Neuroplasticity and brain injury

    • 27 min
    Concussion Stories: Post-Concussion Syncrome Recovery & Hope

    Concussion Stories: Post-Concussion Syncrome Recovery & Hope

    Post-concussion syndrome recovery is psychologically hard. Especially so if doctors told you that there is no hope for you ever recovering from your brain damage. This is what they told me and still – I made a full recovery! So what does that tell you? That there is hope, and that the only way to recover is if you believe that you can do it. This episode is all about the hope you need for post-concussion syndrome recovery.

    • 16 min
    Concussion Stories: Post-Concussion Recovery - Harmful Medical Verdicts

    Concussion Stories: Post-Concussion Recovery - Harmful Medical Verdicts

    During post-concussion recovery, many of us feel absolutely lost. This often (partly) originates from our conversations with doctors. We are checked for clear injuries, like a brain bleed or an inability to find words, and when we don’t have them, a lot of us are sent home. After a while, our concussions turn into post-concussion syndrome. And when they do, many of us hear that we need to learn to live with our symptoms, that our symptoms might be due to stress, or that our brain damage will very likely never recover. These are truly harmful messages, especially so because so much about post-concussion syndrome is not yet understood by science, and one can never predict the outcome of another person’s recovery. Moreover: both science and my complete recovery show that there is hope!

    • 21 min
    Concussion Stories: A Positive Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Story [James Durham]

    Concussion Stories: A Positive Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Story [James Durham]

    In this Concussion Stories episode, Melanie speaks with James Durham of TBI One Love. James is all about the power of positivity and hope. After sustaining such a severe traumatic brain injury that his doctors weren‘t sure he would wake up from his coma, James did everything to recover from his brain injury and to make sure that - as he says it - he is now better than ever before. Always choose hope!

    • 20 min
    Concussion Stories: Concussions and mental health [Lindsay Wilson]

    Concussion Stories: Concussions and mental health [Lindsay Wilson]

    In this 2nd Concussion Stories episode with Professor of Neuropsychology Lindsay Wilson, he and Melanie dive even deeper into the mental health aspect of concussions. They speak about how you can deal with the psychological side effects of a concussion as well as how important it is for you to recognize that they are there. The most important message is that you are not alone!

    • 21 min

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