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