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Approximately 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur annually in the United States, with growing concerns about their long-term effects on concentration and physical skills. Repetitive head impacts (RHIs), or repetitive head acceleration events (RHAEs), can lead to traumatic encephalopathy syndrome (TES) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), even if they do not cause immediate symptoms. Athletes may experience over 100 RHAEs per season, resulting in microstructural and functional brain changes similar to concussions, impacting motor skills and neuromuscular health.

Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) with the Vielight Neuro Gamma was explored as a therapy for brain injuries by neurology professors from the University of Utah because of the patented simultaneous intranasal and transcranial PBM (itPBM). Brain PBM involves using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to target brain regions with near-infrared light, promoting energy production, blood flow, and cell survival while reducing inflammation. This therapy may also enhance neuromuscular health by improving reaction time, dexterity, grip strength, and balance.

This study enrolled 49 participants (43 completed) aged 18-69 years, all with self-reported mTBI or RHAEs from sports or other activities. The study aimed to examine the effects of itPBM on neuromuscular health and found potential benefits, suggesting that PBM might improve or preserve physical performance and neuromuscular function.

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