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 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
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Foggy Feeling
  • Eye Fatigue
  • Memory Dysfunction
  • Balance Problems
  • Light or Motion Sensitivity
  • Blurry or Double Vision
  • Inappropriate Emotion
  • Feeling of Fatigue
  • 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 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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