Brittany Peterson, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Nutrition Coach
A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a shearing and stretching of th brain tissue. This can be due to a blunt force or quick acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck.
Just simply resting after a concussion has been proven NOT to be effective enough for a full recovery. Olympus has practitioners certified in concussion management to help.
Signs of a concussion:
• Loss of consciousness
• Change in behavior
• Sleeping much more or less than usual
• Grades dropping for a student
• Increased anxiety
• Repeated vomiting
• Light or noise sensitivity
• Feeling worse in the afternoon compared to morning
Baseline Concussion Testing
It is highly recommended that all athletes should have a yearly baseline concussion test prior to season start. Having a baseline with accurate and up to date information helps the practitioner give the best treatment to the athlete for a speedy return to sport and life.
Baseline testing assesses : Neurocognitive, Vision, Reaction Time, Strength, Balance & more
If you suffer a concussion, stop your sport until released by a qualified practitioner.
Be sure to be diagnosed, treated and released back to sport by a qualified individual such as a certified athletic trainer, certified concussion management practitioner or a doctor.
Begin treatment, management, and return to play protocols as soon as possible to speed up recovery.
Treatment for concussion is more than simply resting. A trained practitioner in concussion management can guide someone through the correct nutrition and supplements, vestibular therapy, manual therapy on the neck (because all concussions will have whiplash as well), and vision therapy. All of which can speed up recovery and be sure to provide a proper and safe return to sport or activity.
Return to sport of work
A proper protocol and symptom based return to sport and activity is crucial for full concussion recovery.
The return process should be sport or work specific, symptom based, and done so in a safe timeline.
Annemarie Alf, DPT and Brittany Peterson, ATC are both trained Complete Concussion Management Practitioners, and here to help!
Author: Annemarie Alf
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