What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injry caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes as biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased bloodflow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
To further understand what a concussion is, watch this video for an in-depth whiteboard demonstration from Dr. Cameron Marshall (@Concussion_Doc)!
In conjunction with CCMI, we offer concussion treatment services & strategies including:
- Exertional testing for return-to-sport readiness and sub-symptom threshold exercise programs for persistent symptoms
- Vestibular, oculomotor, and cervical spine rehabilitation
- Balance, reaction time, visual processing, and neurocognitive testing (pre-season baseline and/or post-injury/return to sport testing)
- Educational resources
During the early stage following injury, a period of relative symptom limited physical and cognitive rest is recommended. Research suggests 24 to 48 hours, however, these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Following a short period of rest, the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (2016) recommends a gradual increase in mental and physical activity by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management.
CCMI Treatment Overview
Multimodal pre-season testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners with an objective benchmark on which to compare should a patient sustain a concussion. It’s important to remember that not all baseline testing is created equal. CCMI has selected the best evidence-based tools available to provide you with comprehensive, multimodal, proven baseline-testing.
As concussion symptoms often disappear days to weeks before the brain has recovered, having valuable baseline information may help practitioners to make safer return to play decisions.
Contact us to learn more about baseline testing to see if it’s right for you.
CCMI Concussion Tracker Smartphone Application
Where a concussion hits, Concussion Tracker enables an athlete’s stakeholders to:
- Report and track concussion
- Conduct sideline assessments
- Ensure seamless communication
- Record athlete’s recovery status and timeline
- Scan and share medical documents
- Track daily symptoms for recovery progress
- Store and view pre-season concussion test results
Download the Concussion Tracker app for free today on the App Store and Google Play!
When a concussion hits, the more knowledge the better. CCMI’s free educational resources will help to increase your concussion management awareness. Download yours for free today!
Downloads available include:
- Concussion Handbook
- Concussion Code of Conduct
- Implementation Guide
- Educational infographics
- Concussion FAQs