WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury and should be taken seriously. Typically, concussions are induced by a blow to the head that causes the brain to move back and forth, causing pain, headaches, and other symptoms.
In sports and fitness, concussion risks are heightened by higher intensity levels. Over 10% of all contact sport participants sustain concussions yearly.
Surprisingly, over 50% of those concussions go unreported and undetected. Not only can concussions sideline you for the time being, they can be detrimental to your long-term health and well being if not treated and managed properly.
How can a physical therapist help?
Physical therapists play a crucial role in helping athletes safely return to play.
PTs are specifically trained to address symptoms such as impaired balance, neck pain, difficulty focusing, dizziness, headaches, and exercise intolerance. Using a gradual rehab model, we can target these symptoms while preparing our athletes to return to sport.
Return to Sport Stages Established by the CISG (Concussion in Sports Group)