Improvement in Progressive Aphasia (Dementia) in a Retired Football Player
Background: A 42 year old, male, retired professional football player, with a history of “getting his bell rung many times, and thinking nothing of it,” presented with difficulty of speech, impaired short and long term memory, concentration, and a diagnosis of Logopenic Progressive Aphasia (LPA). Standard Assessment of Cognition (SAC), Trail Making Test (TMT), Digit-Symbol Matching (PS), and Reaction Times were severely compromised.
Methods: A five-day, multi-modal program of neurological rehabilitation was administered three times per day, for one-hour sessions. Each session consisted of non-invasive neuromodulation, neuromuscular reeducation exercises, vestibular rehabilitation exercises, off-vertical axis rotation, and eye exercises.
Results: At the end of five days of treatment the patient had an increased SAC score (+25.0%), Trail Making Time (-36%), and Reaction Time (–19.6%). Both the clinician, the patient, and the spouse noticed a subjective, yet substantial increase in verbal communication.
Conclusion: Short duration, multi-modal, intensive programs of neurological rehabilitation may be a viable method to improve neurological integrity and speech in individuals with Logopenic Progressive Aphasia.
Antonucci M, Sass Cm, Sass Bj(2015). Abstract: Improvement In Cognitive Performance In A Retired Professional Football Player Male With Logopenic Progressive Aphasia. Front. Neurol. Conference Abstract: International Symposium On Clinical Neuroscience: Tbi And Neurodegeneration. Doi:10.3389/Conf.Fneur.2015.58.00040