What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a blow, bump, or ‘jolt’ to the head that temporarily changes the way your brain works – causing you to experience certain symptoms like headaches and dizziness. A concussion may also occur from a blow to the body that causes your head to jolt back-and-forth or side-to-side.
What is a Baseline Test and Why is it Important?
Because concussions can be difficult to diagnose and test for, many health professionals recommend that athletes obtain a baseline test before the start of the season. A baseline test gives health professionals a point of reference or “snap shot” of your pre-season cognitive and physical function so that if you sustain a concussion, the after-injury results can be compared to your baseline test. Having a baseline test helps health professionals more accurately gauge the severity of your injury, objectively monitor your recovery, and determine when it is safe for you to return to play.
After Injury Care
Athletes with a suspected concussion should seek medical assistance as early as possible with their Family MD, Sport Physician, or Pediatrician. Your doctor will determine if you have sustained a concussion and give you early recommendations for self-care.
The second step is to book an assessment with Body in Balance Physiotherapy!
Even if you have not had a baseline assessment, we will assess your injury and provide you with a management strategy to aid in your recovery. We will keep your doctor up-to-date on your recovery to aid in return-to-play decisions.