As a motorcyclist, you are more prone to serious injuries following an accident than other passenger vehicle drivers. A traumatic brain injury includes any sudden trauma to the brain.
According to MSKTC, TBIs can affect your ability to cognitive abilities.
What cognitive issues arise after a TBI?
After a traumatic brain injury, you may find it difficult to pay attention to important tasks. Deadlines become more difficult because you can’t finish tasks or have difficulty not submitting to distractions. Conversations can also become more difficult to pay attention to.
When people speak to you, you may have trouble understanding what people are saying or what they need from you. You may need more time to process the information that you take in. Likewise, you may find it difficult to think of the right word or to express your thoughts and feelings verbally.
What can you do to improve cognition following a TBI?
To help improve cognition, try to remove distractions. When you need to focus, find a quiet space and give yourself time to complete your tasks. If you have a large, complex task, break it into smaller tasks. When you have trouble communicating with others, try to communicate within small groups and in areas where you have few distractions. Ask people to speak slowly to you or ask only one question at a time. Try to summarize what people tell you to ensure that you understood what they said.
When you practice cognitive skills, they may improve over time. Also, learning how to improve your cognitive skills can provide you with tools to understand and process information better.