I may have a concussion: What do I do?
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To date, few medical practitioners, sport organizations, and rehabilitation facilities have been able to implement a comprehensive baseline testing protocol or effective post-injury assessment and rehabilitation program for injured players.
It is well established that concussions tend to go underreported in youth sports, and this stems, in part, from a lack of knowledge of both the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the proper management of the injury.
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Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms, which poses a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents, and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time-course for recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to concussion rehabilitation and return-to-play timelines. Currently, there is no reliable diagnostic test or marker that can be used to identify a concussion when it’s occurred, or similarly, determine when a concussion has resolved.
For this reason, a growing emphasis has been placed on objective baseline testing protocols that can be used to track an athlete’s recovery and serve as a tangible measurement for return-to-play readiness. By measuring an athlete’s “normal” level of functioning, we are better able to gauge the level of impairment that may exist post-injury by performing comparative testing. The Shift Team believes this requires a multifaceted approach and that no single test should be used in isolation.