‘Brainwaves’: Balancing Professional Kayaking With Post-Concussion Syndrome

Returning to life after a severe concussion is a feat all on its own, but returning to extreme sports is a whole other venture.

Most doctors and treatment plans don’t focus on patients’ returns to extreme sports like kayaking — especially if that’s what caused the concussion in the first place. Post-concussive syndrome can plague patients for years, causing migraines, confusion, memory problems, brain fog, and more.

“Brainwaves” follows Brooke Hess, a top kayaker, as she navigates exactly those troubled waters.

In the film, Hess opens up to share some of the less-talked-about aspects of post-concussive syndrome like digestive issues, depression, and chronic migraines. Her journey isn’t uncommon, but it also isn’t talked about enough. Maybe “Brainwaves” is a step in the right direction.

Runtime: 10 min.

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Tuesday Kahl

Tuesday Kirby Kahl is a native Texan now residing in Portland, OR. She's spent most of her life as a coach and educator. In addition to her work as an Editor for GearHungry, she's a competitive climbing coach. You'll find her climbing, backcountry skiing, and paddle boarding all over the Cascades when she's not working. When at home, she's usually tending to her plants or painting with a cup of tea in hand.

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