Concussion Management

A growing focus for the rehabilitation team.

Facts about Concussions

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) has published the following statistics:

  • Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years.
  • During the last decade, ED visits for sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60%.
  • Overall, the activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ED visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer.
  • You don’t have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, fewer than 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness.

The Dangers of Concussion

A person who has sustained a concussion may have headaches, difficultly focusing, fatigue, dizziness, or balance problems. If recognized and treated properly, most individuals will recover fully without complications within a week to ten days. However, ignoring these symptoms after a head injury not only increases a person’s likelihood of sustaining additional concussions, it also prolongs the recovery period. Those who sustain multiple concussions tend to take longer to recover after each concussion and are more likely to experience prolonged post-concussion symptoms or cognitive impairment.

In the event a person returns to strenuous physical activity prematurely, he/she becomes susceptible to a more significant risk called Second Impact Syndrome (SIS). Second impact syndrome may result from even a minor trauma to the head during the post-concussion recovery period. The consequences of SIS lead to possible fatal rapid brain swelling. Participating in an activity specific Return to Play protocol can properly prepare an individual to safely return to their prior level of function with a decreased risk of potentially debilitating or deadly consequences.

Managing Concussions

At Concorde Therapy Group, we strive to provide quality therapy to athletes, as well as aid in their SAFE return to play.  Concussions are, unfortunately, frequent in contact sports. Concorde can help! Our Vestibular Therapy-trained Physical Therapists and Licensed Athletic Trainers can:

  • Educate parents & athletes on concussion, recovery, and future concussion prevention
  • Reduce headaches with evaluation and treatment of neck or spine problems following the injury
  • Resolve dizziness with vestibular therapy
  • Improve balance through balance retraining, stretching, strengthening and vestibular therapy
  • Prepare the athlete for safe return to play through aerobic conditioning and sport-specific training

We can help guide the injured athlete through the graded steps of recovery and return to play ASAP – not only As Soon As Possible, but As Safely As Possible.