Concussions by Allison Robbins
What is a concussion? A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, or damage to the brain, that affects your brain’s function. Concussions are usually caused by impact to the head, a fall, or being shaken violently. You DO NOT have to hit your head to suffer from a concussion.
Concussions are very prevalent in contact sports like football, cheerleading, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and boxing, yet research shows that up to 60% of those with symptoms following a concussion do not report the symptoms to medical personnel. Athletes who return to play before they’re fully recovered are at at greater risk for a subsequent concussion and long-term symptoms like headaches, dizziness, difficulty with concentrating, light sensitivity, confusion, ringing in the ears, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, disturbance of sleep, and cognitive deficits. These symptoms can linger and affect a person for years, even decades. And even more seriously, sometimes lead to death. Concussions are very serious and should not be taken lightly.
Here at the ENT Institute/Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers, we want to make sure your athlete is safe. We want to make sure they are symptom free and live a normal life. We have a dynamic test that assesses a person’s readiness to return to sports after a concussion. Using a static force plate, we have the athlete/person perform various tasks which measures body sway during those tasks. Results are compared to research/normative data based on the age of the individual to assess if they are physically able to return to playing sports. We also offer baseline testing for those who are interested so we have a true comparison if the athlete is injured. In the event of a concussion, we have expert physical therapists who can help the athlete alleviate the symptoms following a concussion so they can get back to playing sports. Our goal is to ensure the safety of the athlete, make sure they are physically and cognitively ready to return to play, and symptom free.
We want you to know that we can help! So many are suffering that do not realize that help is available to them. Our hearts go out to the families that have been impacted by a traumatic brain injury. It is important to know if the athlete is ready, both physically and cognitively, to return to activity and playing sports. Please do not send your child back into the game without being tested. Their life depends on it. Don’t let a concussion change your life, seek help. We care about you! Please let our family take care of yours.