Jan 7, 2019

Brain Injury Survivors and Improving Memory

Human brain research and memory loss as symbol of alzheimer's concept with missing pieces of the puzzle
Human brain research and memory loss as a symbol of Alzheimer's concept with missing pieces of the puzzle

Preserving the Brain

We use our minds every day. We remember calculations even when going to the store and making a mental note of what the items will come too when the cashier rings them up. This gets done instinctively so we can stay within the amount designated for food or other items.

Using calculations and math remains just one part of working memory. Memory also permits some information to be held for unlimited amounts of time to use when thinking.

But distractions that limit your mind happen to everyone at one time or another. Examples include being trying to perform more than one task at the same time. Information will be lost at sometimes due to all the juggling. People with brain injuries have an even harder time.

Also, it requires a significant amount of mental capacity when your brain goes on overload. So your brain may be unable to store enough information in working memory if it is damaged.

Potential Memory Effects

  • In these cases, information can be erased from working memory.
  • This can come into play when doing calculations as discussed above.
  • Lost working memory means having to start over from the beginning and re-train your brain.

When an individual suffers a brain injury in a car accident, slip, and fall or sporting incident, the person’s working memory can be affected. The result of this will be forgetting things quickly or not remembering them at all. Once compromised, one can easily become distracted.

And this can seriously hurt the inability to multitask. Because the working memory is no longer working correctly things go haywire. Brain injury survivors can take advantage of rehab. And this helps improve the condition. But it goes by slowly. And it will be a long period of recovery.

Rehabilitation for patients who have sustained a brain injury will work to improve their working memory. So this will mean repetitive relearning. It may also involve the use of memory aids.

These include items such as flashcards. Doctors break info into pieces for the patient. Most of all, this enables patients to retain information easier. And they can do so by reviewing it over and over.

Studies Indicate Repetitive Learning Works on Memory Loss Victims

It has been researched and published in the Psychological Science Journal that repetitive learning layers on the memory. There are numerous advantages to the individual using this method of rehabilitation to retrain the brain.

This can scientifically improve damaged working memory. The Baylor Research Institute also recently did some necessary research on this issue. Their findings showed similar outcomes, with a variation of healing between 25 and 45%. This remains between the best and worst recovery regarding numbers.

  • Skiing and Brain Injuries

Recently Michael Schumacher F1 champion sustained a head injury during a skiing accident and how his rehabilitation will go, remains unknown. Dave Irwin, an Olympian, suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident in 2001. He has talked about his recovery and issues with working memory. In Irwin’s case, he had suffered multiple concussions before the accident. And his injuries included severe memory loss.

  • He had to relearn English and coordination skills over.
  • Many years later he can talk and hold a conversation.
  • But he can only engage with one or two people.
  • Any more than this number of people in a conversation become difficult for Irwin.
  • And he still experiences short-term memory loss.

Irwin went skiing on the same run that he almost died on a year after he suffered the brain injury. Then in 2002, he created the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury. Members fund research for recovery of brain injury survivors. It also brings public awareness about this type of damage for survivors and their families.


Sustaining a brain injury changes lives. Call Ehline if you or a loved one has suffered a head injury due to negligence by another party. We have the years of experience to understand the impact of this type of harm. Contact the law firm at 888-400-9721 to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case.

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