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Concussion Management

A concussion is a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head. It occurs when a sudden force or impact causes the brain to bounce around or twist inside the skull. This leads to stretching and damaging of brain cells and chemical changes in the brain.  Concussions can cause an array of symptoms. The effects of a concussion can be serious and last for days, weeks, or even longer.

 

Concussion Management
Baseline testing, assessment, treatment, return to work or play, collaboration

Ascent’s concussion clinicians have been trained and certified through the Shift Concussion Management Program and adhere to the most up-to-date research in post-injury assessment, diagnosis and effective rehabilitation techniques. Through a vigourous assessment that includes testing of the vestibular and ocular systems, cognitive function, mental processing, reaction speed, exertion testing/training, and other lifestyle factors affected by mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) we are able to identify the systems affected by the injuries and create a specific rehabilitation protocol to better manage and provide optimal recovery and return to normal sport and activities

We take the time necessary to identify the sometimes subtle, yet important, functional deficiencies. This important information allows us to tailor rehabilitation strategies, including specific exercises that help break through the cycle of persistent symptoms. We also collaborate with other health care professionals ensuring that patients are receiving the best treatment for their symptoms.

The recovery process from a concussion varies widely from person to person so an expected timeline of rehabilitation is impossible to predict. However our goal is to guide you safely back to full participation in your daily activities and sport; we have had great success with our concussion management approach in rehabilitating athletes, motor vehicle accident victims and other individuals who have sustained a concussion.

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For individuals who engage in high-impact or high-risk sports and activities, baseline testing is recommended to establish an athlete’s standard level of neurological function, balance, coordination, reaction speed, visual acuity and other factors that may be affected by a concussion. Baseline testing provides objective information when determining an athlete’s readiness to return-to-play. By measuring an athlete’s “normal” level of functioning, we are better able to gauge the level of impairment that may exist post-injury by performing comparative testing.

It is well established that concussions tend to go under-reported in youth sports, and this stems, in part, from a lack of knowledge of both the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the proper recognition and management of the injury. Thankfully baseline testing for youth sport programs, like minor hockey organizations, is on the rise. Our concussion practitioners are available to conduct baseline testing for both individuals and teams who are looking to be proactive about player safety.

 

“The treatment was initially really slow and almost frustrating for me because I’m used to injuries that have a more clear set recovery time like a broken wrist and I was having a really tough time sitting still and being told not to physically push myself right away… but having a role in what I needed to do and to be given exercises to aid and quicken the recovery was important to me.”   – Ryan Hopping (Read More

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