Concussion Management


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Concussion Management

Concussions due to fall or injury during athletic participation are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Proper management is critical to ensure a safe return to activity. Often Time symptoms resolve within 72 hours and individuals are able to begin a 5-day progression to safely return to their previous activity level Sometimes, however, symptoms are longer lasting and require additional rehabilitation.

Concussion symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • A headache
  • Dizziness
  • Foggy Feeling
  • Eye Fatigue
  • Memory Dysfunction
  • Balance Problems
  • Light or Motion Sensitivity
  • Blurry or Double Vision
  • Inappropriate Emotion
  • Feeling of Fatigue
  • A feeling of Being Slowed Down
  • Difficulty Tracking words on a Page
  • Pressure in the Ears

 

Local High Schools where Taylor Therapy Athletic Training staff are providing coverage utilize the following system to manage the safe athletic participation for High School athletes: 

 

  • Brain Check (Waverly Clinic Only) pre-season assessment is utilized to establish an athletes baseline function
  • SCAT 5 Assessment is used on site when a concussion occurs and daily as athlete recovers
  • If a player is not cleared to begin the return to play progression within 24 hours of injury a comprehensive PT evaluation is recommended. This evaluation includes:
    • Oculomotor Examination
    • Vestibular Examination
    • Balance Assessment
    • Cervical Evaluation
  • Supervised 5-day return to play progression with daily SCAT re-evaluation 

 


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