What is a Concussion?
•    A concussion is a complex pathophysiological process affecting function of the brain.  Simply put,    it’s a bruise to the brain tissue.
•    In sport, it is caused by a direct blow, bump, or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.
•    Concussion results in short lived impairments including headache, nausea, fatigue, confusion, or  memory problems (to name a few).
•    Generally symptoms reflect a functional disturbance rather than structural injury.
•    Symptom onset can be immediate or delayed depending on severity of concussion.
•    Loss of consciousness IS NOT necessary to classify the presence of concussion.
 
 Concussion Program Description

  • Concussions are poorly managed injuries often mistreated placing the athlete at serious health risks.

  • Family MDs represent medical authority to clear athlete for return to sport participation.

  • Often there is no comparison for MD to make this judgement.

  • Baseline testing using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool – 3rd edition (SCAT 3) provides both high specificity and sensitivity of cognitive status.

  • Testing consists of question and answers of memory, concentration, and orientation; balance scoring; coordination; and symptom evaluation.  Each test takes 15 mins to complete.

  • After the test is completed, results sent to family MD and parents.

  • In the event a concussion occurs during year, the parent contacts Nobleton Physiotherapy within 24-48 hours for follow-up testing.

  • All test results again sent to family MD.  Parents are also educated on treatment and management of return to play protocol.

  • Further testing will be provided as needed until athlete is ready to return to sport.

  • SCAT 3 test results are not exclusively used to determine return to sport decision making, but an important objective piece of information to assist the MD.

  • The cost of the testing is $40.00

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Our Role

  • We will administer baseline testing of the athlete.

  • We are responsible for educating the parents/coaches/athletes.

  • We will provide follow-up testing of concussed athletes and help parents with rehabilitation and guidance through the process as needed.

  • We are not responsible for clearing an athlete back to sport.  This is the role of your Family MD.  The Family MD will also refer for further testing if deemed necessary.

 
Summary of Program

  • Athlete is administered standardized test of mental status and function.

  • Objective results are maintained for use in case a concussion occurs during the athletic season.

  • Follow-up testing is done in the event of concussion to objectively compare to.  This will assist the return to play decision making between athlete, parent, and physician.

  • Parents will also be educated on recognition and management of concussion symptoms.  A return to play protocol will be explained and provided by the physiotherapist.

  • SCAT 3 testing results are valid for a one year period.  The program fee is $40.  No additional fees for follow-up tests during the year. 
     

Concussion Management

Nobleton Physiotherapy

13085 Highway 27, Unit 2 Nobleton, ON  L0G 1N0

 

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