Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in bump blow or jolt of the head causing the brain to move within the skull. Concussions cause changes in chemistry in the brain while healing. Change in brain chemistry causes increased sensitivity to stress or stimulus while recovering.
Concussions affect concentration, motor skills, speech, memory, coordination, balance, vision, sleep–all significant problems for student-athletes.
Importance of detection:
Second impact syndrome: Sustains second concussive event while recovering from primary injury, rapid cerebral edema, 50%-100% mortality rate.
How are concussions diagnosed?
Concussion: rest, visit doctor, repeat impact test, imaging, treatment to address: pain, ROM, Coordination/balance, conditioning, return to sport.
Importance of rest/activity modification, at home eye exercises
Limiting in school? What do we limit? What do we expect to see?
Limiting exertion, returning to modified practice. Trainer works with pt? Educate on tackling form, conditioning, coordination drills
Balance treatment, ocular treatment, manual therapy, specific exercises for strength/posture, coordination treatment, importance of rest.
If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child's concussion management team (CMT), you typically call the main phone number and request the clerical person who schedules the counselors and administrators. Do not show up at the school unannounced demanding to meet immediately as the school personnel are typically scheduled in meetings throughout the day with other parents and families who appropriately scheduled meetings.
Are there any advocacy groups for concussions? A-Yes. BRAINSTEPS is another provided free of charge through the county based Intermediate Units Associated with your child's school.