Concussion Management

Sports Medicine is a certified Complete Concussion Management clinic providing the most current concussion treatment and rehabilitation techniques for athletes. We provide direct access to our clinical team within 24 - 48 hours of a possible concussion.

Most concussions resolve with the right care, education and with a managed Return to Play Program. Our Certified Complete Concussion Management professionals provide evidence-based, research-driven concussion assessment and treatment, which includes education, vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, vision and balance assessment, as well as academic accommodation recommendations. Athletes should complete a baseline test prior to a concussion to make return to play decisions with a higher level of efficiency, precision and safety. Concussions require immediate care. A supervised 10 step Return to Learn and Return to Play process is implemented to ensure athletes are progressed and monitored step by step toward a safe and full recovery prior to returning to their sport.

Working with a physician, our therapist provides education, treatment and coordinates 360 degree communication with the parent, coach and physician ensuring everyone knows the next steps in the process.

Concussion management at Sports Medicine is covered by most extended health care benefit insurance plans and is provided by our Certified CCM Sport Physiotherapist. To book a concussion assessment, or to learn more about concussion management please contact Denyse Beaumont, Registered Physiotherapist and SPC at 705-734-3340, extension 213.

What Sports Medicine can do for you

  • Direct access to our clinical team within 24 - 48 hours of a possible concussionSupervised 10 step Return to Learn and Play process to ensure athletes are progressed and monitored step by step toward a safe and full recovery prior to returning to game play.
  • Work with a physician to provide education, treatment and coordinate 360-degree communication with the parent, player, coach and teacher.
  • Access to our in-house team of Sport Medicine Physicians.
  • Rapid access to a Physician Specialty network when required - visual, neuro, etc.

Post-injury assessment and injury management

  • Comprehensive concussion & neurological assessment
  • Return-to-learn and return-to-work programs
  • Co-management through stepwise return-to-sport stages according to best practices and worldwide consensus statements, including multistage physical exertion testing
  • Neurocognitive, vestibular, balance and visual assessments & therapy
  • Concussion rehabilitation for chronic symptoms (Post-Concussion Syndrome) iincluding manual therapy, nutrition and dietary counselling, vestibular rehabilitation, exercise rehabilitation
  • Coach & Trainer education and certification programs as well as education seminars for players and parents

What is a concussion?

A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.

Following a suspected concussion, a player should be immediately removed from play, assessed and placed on complete rest in order to recover from the energy deficit. Studies have shown that any activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate days following concussion can delay the process of recovery and should be avoided until the athlete is completely symptom free.

Concussions are an injury to the brain that, if not dealt with appropriately, may cause long-lasting damage. They are a serious issue and require immediate care and attention. The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion; and these second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes.

With respect to Baseline Testing, research indicates that NCT or ImPact style Baseline Testing of youth athletes (under 18 years of age) using any tool or combination of tools is not required to provide post-injury care of those who sustain a suspected or diagnosed concussion. NCT or ImPact style Baseline testing is not recommended in youth athletes regardless of the sport or level of play. The problem is that symptoms (meaning how someone feels) do not coincide with brain recovery. The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and is out of this “vulnerable period” is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy; we provide this using a multimodal preseason test.

There are forty four scientific studies that utilize and support multimodal testing, both for confirmation of diagnosis as well as indication of recovery. Research shows that having a multimodal test prior to a concussion helps clinicians make Return to Play decisions with a higher level of efficiency, precision and safety. Holland- Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital endorses and offers this type of testing. The NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook considers multi-modal pre-season testing to be best-practice for all athletes involved in high-risk sports and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests that these tests be repeated annually to establish a valid comparison.

Sports Medicine, through Complete Concussion Management (CCMI), offers comprehensive, preseason multimodal testing for at risk athletes, as well as return-to-play management, multistage physical exertion tests, and re-testing of injured individuals. All of this information can be provided to the overseeing physician in a detailed report; providing additional insight to make your clearance decision.

All patient data is stored on a secure electronic medical record system that connects all CCMI clinic locations worldwide. This allows patients and athletes to access their baseline results and concussion specific medical records at any location.

To help manage your concussion, please contact our Huronia Clinic at 705.734.3340.

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