What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by excessive force to the skull which in turn causes damage to brain cells. A concussion can cause many different problems including physical, cognitive and emotional impairment, which may have long-term effects.
Many athletes assume that getting their “bell rung” or not losing consciousness means they’re not concussed. That is incorrect, symptoms may not appear immediately and athletes should be evaluated to determine if they have sustained a concussion.
Baseline Concussion Testing
Every athlete is unique, therefore should have an individualized baseline test; including symptom, cognitive and balance error scores. The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) is a standardized tool used for cognitive testing for both baseline and post-concussion re-testing. When returning to sport from a concussion, post-concussion testing is compared to their baseline test to ensure safer return to sport.
Concussion Mangement Protocol
Recovery starts with both cognitive and physical rest, but when do you know it's safe to start activity/school/work?
Infinite Sports Therapy provides a thorough and individualized approach for your return to daily activities & sport. We work as a team, between you, your family Physician and our Athletic Therapist (your coach and parent if needed), through the gradual progress into activity.
Our Athletic Therapist has seen and worked with hundreds of athletes to ensure they guided through the proper management of a concussion. Infinite Sports Therapy offers both Baseline Concussion testing and Management.
Symptoms of Concussion:
- "Pressure in the head"
- Neck Pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Balance Problems
- Sensitivity to noise/light
- Feeling like in a "fog"
- "Don't feel right"
- Difficulty concentrating/remembering
- Fatigue or low energy
- Trouble falling asleep
- More emotional
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