What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a form of brain injury resulting from a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, or jaw causing an alteration in brain function. Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms which pose a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents, and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time-course for recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a "cookie-cutter" approach to concussion rehabilitation and return-to-participation timelines.
Computerized neurocognitive testing is a well established and recommended component of both baseline and post-injury concussion management protocols and is designed to assess a variety of performance factors including: Memory Reaction Time Attention Span Problem Solving Remember, neurocognitive testing is just one important piece of the overall concussion management strategy.
Additional and recommended pre-season testing procedures include assessment of balance, and visual function. Concussions often take considerable toll on balance and visual coordination. Obtaining both baseline and post-injury performance values provides objective information when determining an athlete's readiness to return to sport.
After Injury Care: Where Do I Go?
Athletes/Individuals with a suspected concussion should seek medical assistance as early as possible with their Family MD, Sport Physician or Pediatrician. Your doctor will determine if you have sustained a concussion and give you early recommendations for self-care. The second step is to book an initial assessment (which you can do online using the button at the bottom) so that proper treatment can be provided and time lost from work or sport can be minimized.