What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is shaken violently within the skull. There are two ways this can happen: direct trauma, like with falling and hitting the head on the ground, or indirectly with whiplash. This injury is most often known to happen from sports, but can also happen due to motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, or accidental hits to the head. The most important thing is to take action immediately to ensure an individual’s safety.
Physical therapists and athletic trainers work together with physicians to identify concussions and determine what a safe and effective treatment process looks like for an individual. Clinicians will assess if there was any loss of muscle strength, coordination, or balance. They’ll also assess if there have been changes in sight, smell, hearing, or memory due to the concussion. Oftentimes the neck and surrounding areas will sustain an injury at the same time, so a physical therapist will make an assessment to ensure the patient makes a full recovery.
Highbar embraces the medically accepted Return-To-Play Protocol to help guide athletes safely and effectively recover from their concussion. This creates a clear direction for athletes to not only recover from their current concussion, but also to decrease their chances of sustaining concussions in the future.
We also know that concussions can come from non-sports related injuries as well, like with a work incident, fall, or car accident. That’s why it’s so important that we carefully and methodically check the symptoms to create the perfect balance of education, rest, exercise, and activity to promote a successful outcome for the patient.
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