What is a Concussion?
A concussion is the most common form of head injury for athletes. Often, defined as a temporary alteration in mental state, it can be associated with immediate disorientation, amnesia, confusion, visual disturbance, headache, and sometimes loss of consciousness, as well as other symptoms.
It is not necessary to lose consciousness to have a concussion, nor to actually hit your head. A whip-lash type movement of the head may also cause a concussion as well. When symptoms such as headache, fatigue, irritability and poor attention and concentration persist, the athlete may be suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome.
The cumulative effects of repeated concussion can result in permanent intellectual and cognitive changes. Also, we know that youth are more vulnerable to the effects of concussion.
Post Concussion Rehabilitation
Post concussion rehabilitation is provided to an athlete who presents with signs of forgetfulness, confusion, concentration difficulty or behavior changes. Physical symptoms such as headache or dizziness may or may not be present.
Rehabilitation Specialists is prepared to provide the services required to get the athlete back into their “game”.
- Detailed screening and assessment of concussions and recommendations for proper healing of the injury.
- Treatment follow-up and evaluation, incorporating additional neuropsychological testing as needed. Recommendations may be made for more extensive neuropsychological services or neuroradiologic studies
- Therapies specific to address cognitive deficits.
- Full reporting back to the pediatrician or primary care doctor with an analysis, recommendations for return to play.
- Provide consultative, collaborative approach with all involved including the health care provider, education team and family members insuring each athlete is provided a custom program to meet their needs.
Concussion and Brain Injury
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a sudden movement or blow to the head. Even a ‘ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. A concussion is not typically visible on a CAT scan or MRI.
The physical symptoms may dissipate quickly; however, cognitive or behavioral issues may persist and worsen if not treated properly. This is where a neuropsychological evaluation can help identify a treatment plan to support the athlete’s successful integration back to academic, social and sport activities.
For information about our Residential Services, please contact Carol Sloman at (201) 478-4200 ext. 13 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.