What Is a Concussion
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury resulting in a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can happen with direct impact to the head or indirect impacts to the body; really anything that causes the brain to shake inside the skull.
Our athletic trainers are able to offer baseline and post-injury concussion testing for individuals, club sports teams, and school athletics programs. We utilize the most current tools and methods in concussion management to ensure a comprehensive assessment for each individual. U-District PT offers two distinct services:
- Pre-Injury Baseline
- Individual (ages 5+)
- Teams (ages 12+)
- Post-Concussion Management
- Return to Play
- Return to Learn
After each assessment a personalized rehabilitation program is developed to ensure a safe recovery and return-to-play experience. We are able to see individuals within days of their injury and are readily accessible to them throughout the entire rehabilitation process.
ImPACT Neurocognitive Testing
We utilize the ImPACT® neurocognitive test to provide clinically relevant numbers. Having this data is really important before a concussion occurs so that we are able to successfully compare the data. Our clinical tests also look at the function of the brain and its ability to code information.
Return to Play
The return to play protocol can take several steps. This is to ensure that the brain is able to tolerate increased demands of sport, in a safe environment. This process is recommended by the CDC and most schools will require it. These steps are done in our clinic with a licensed athletic trainer.
Return to Learn
The return to learn process is relatively new in the discussion of concussion management. Because a concussion is the only sport related injury that can have a direct impact on a child’s ability to learn, it may be necessary to limit schoolwork, or school related activities. With our clinical testing and management, we can determine what your child is able to tolerate and make proper adjustments.