FyzicalDunes: Concussions

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This sheet has information to help you protect yourself from concussion or other serious brain injury and know what to do if a concussion occurs. Ideally, the first assessment is performed prior to the athlete participating in his or her sport. If a concussion is suspected, subsequent tests will be compared to the baseline so that an individual is compared to his or her own results. Any COBALT test can be compared to normative data to evaluate how a subject is performing relative to age-peers, and that can help interpret results whether or not an individual baseline test is available. Why is COBALT different from other balance tests? There are several clinical and co puterized balance tests available. The dilemma in choosing an appropriate test protocol for an athletic population is to avoid a test that is too easy or too difficult. The COBALT protocols use conditi ns that increase the challenge, but the subject can still perform the task. Is Training/Treatment needed? In either option, the clinician must make a professional determination regarding training or treatment to address deficiencies suggested by COBALT results. CLINICAL USE OF CONCUSSION BALANCE TEST (COBALT) COBALT (Concussion Balance Test) is a balance test for athletes. The test protocol includes up to eight conditions designed to challenge vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems. For each condition, the subject stands on a force plate that measures postural sway, and that information is processed and stored by a computer. The test reports postural sway velocity for each condition as an indication of balance control. COBALT can be used as part of a concussion screening and management program. COBALT results provide an objective measure of balance control that can be helpful in identifying individuals with suspected concussion, and can be used to monitor recovery to determine safe return to play.

I am actually back to work now! “I’m living proof that they are the best. I had a severe concussion and could barely even walk without help. They were able to not only get me to where I can get around, but I am happy to say that I am actually back to work now, something that in the beginning even the neurologists didn’t think could happen. They are in my mind, nothing short of angels because they have given me my life back.” – T.G. A Fact Sheet for ATHLETES WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works. It can happen when your brain gets bounced around in your skull after a fall or hit to the head. A Fact Sheet for ATHLETES WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works. It can happen when your brain gets bounced around in your skull after a fall or hit to the head.

This sheet has information to help you protect yourself from concussion or other serious brain injury and know what to do if a concussion occurs.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?

GET CHECKED OUT BY A DOCTOR.

GET CHECKED OUT BY A DOCTOR.

REPORT IT. Tellyourcoachandparent ifyou think youoroneofyour teammatesmay haveaconcussion.Youwon’tplayyour best ifyouarenot feelingwell,and playingwithaconcussion isdangerous. Encourageyour teammates toalso report their symptoms.

Ifyou thinkyouhaveaconcussion,donot return t playon thedayof the injury.Only adoctororotherhealthcareprovidercan tell ifyouhaveaconcussionandwhen it’s OK to return to schoolandplay.

REPORT IT. Tellyourcoachandparent ifyou think youoroneofyour teammatesmay haveaconcussion.Youwon’tplayyour best ifyouarenot feelingwell,and playingwithaconcussion isdangerous. Encourageyour teammates toalso report their symptoms.

Ifyou thinkyouhaveaconcussion,donot return toplayon thedayof the injury.Only adoctororotherhealthcareprovidercan tell ifyouhaveaconcussionandwhen it’s OK to return to schoolandplay.

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GIVE YOUR BRAIN TIME TO HEAL.

GIVE YOUR BRAIN TIME TO HEAL.

Mostathleteswithaconcussiongetbetterwithin acoupl ofweeks.For some,aconcussioncan makeeverydayactivities, suchasgoing to school, harder.Youmayneedextrahelpgettingback toyournormalactivities.Be sure toupdateyour parentsanddoctorabouthowyouare feeling.

Mostathleteswithaconcussiongetbetterwithin acoupleofweeks.For some,aconcussioncan makeeverydayactivities, suchasgoing to school, harder.Youmayneedextrahelpgettingback toyournormalactivities.Be sure toupdateyour parentsanddoctorabouthowyouare feeling.

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GOOD TEAMMATES KNOW: IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.

GOOD TEAMMATES KNOW: IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.

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