A concussion is a brain injury. It can happen when a blow to the head, face, neck or body makes the brain suddenly shake or jerk inside the skull. You can have a concussion and not lose consciousness.
Signs and Symptoms
Please go see your doctor if you suspect a concussion.
Headache or pressure in the head
Dizziness or "seeing stars"
Balance and coordination issues
Feeling and appearing dazed
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light or noise
"Ringing in the ears"
Concentration or memory changes
Fatigue or tiring easily
WARNING! Go to the emergency room if you have any of these RED FLAGS:
Neck pain or tenderness
Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
Severe or increasing headache
Seizure or convulsion
Loss of consciousness
Deteriorating conscious state
Increasing restlessness, agitation or combativeness
A baseline test is a preemptive tool used incase there is a head injury during the year. It can be used in the treatment of a head injury as a means to compare and restore cognitive functions and abilities. Baseline testing is ideally completed annually and before your season begins. It scores: symptoms, orientation, immediate memory, delayed memory, concentration, neurological functions, balance & coordination, and decision making.
Treatment and Management
Depending on the mechanism of injury, how severe and what stage of healing you are in will depend on the type of treatment you receive. Treatment and management can include: Increasing or decreasing mental and/or physical activities based on symptoms, Testing and/or re-testing cognitive and functional abilities, Soft tissue release around the head, neck and shoulders, Craniosacral therapy, and creating an ideal internal and external environment for the injury to mend.