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Concussion Management

CCMI Concussion Services

PhysiYoga is a proud clinic of the Complete Concussion Management Inc™ (CCMI) Partnership Program – a network of clinics around the world offering evidence-based concussion care.

From initial pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, as partnered CCMI practitioners, we collaborate with primary care physicians to co-manage concussions, helping patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.

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The Brain

The brain is protected by the hard shell of the cranium (bones of the skull). Further support is provided by three layers of connective tissues (meninges) and a bath of cerebrospinal fluid. This provides nourishment and a layer of cushioning for the brain. 

What is Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. (CCMI)

In other words, concussion occurs when a sudden movement of the head causes the brain to move inside the cranium causing injury to the delicate brain cells. This type of incident occurs when your head is hit by a moving object (another head, foot or fist) or stops moving suddenly (when hitting the ground from a fall or hitting a stationary object when running). When this happens, the brain is injured when it is knocked around inside the skull. 

To further understand what a concussion is, watch this video for an in-depth whiteboard demonstration from Dr. Cameron Marshall (@Concussion_Doc)!

The Effects of Concussion

The injury to the brain causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.

Managing Concussion

During the early stage following injury, a period of relative symptom limited physical and cognitive rest is recommended. Research suggests 24 to 48 hours, however, these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Following a short period of rest, the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (2016) recommends a gradual increase in mental and physical activity by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management.

Pre-season Testing

Multimodal pre-season testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners with an objective benchmark on which to compare should a patient sustain a concussion. It’s important to remember that not all baseline testing is created equal. CCMI has selected the best evidence-based tools available to provide you with comprehensive, multimodal, proven baseline-testing.

As concussion symptoms often disappear days to weeks before the brain has recovered, having valuable baseline information may help practitioners to make safer return to play decisions.

Contact us to learn more about baseline testing to see if it’s right for you.

Concussion Management at PhysiYoga

In conjunction with CCMI, we offer concussion treatment services & strategies including:

  • Baseline testing pre-concussion for enhanced management in the event of a concussion occurring
  • Exertional testing for return-to-sport readiness and sub-symptom threshold exercise programs for persistent symptoms
  • vestibular, oculomotor, and cervical spine rehabilitation
  • balance, reaction time, visual processing, and neurocognitive testing (pre-season baseline and/or post-injury/return to sport testing)
  • Educational resources
  • Partnerships with sporting clubs to develop concussion management policies and procedures
  • Data-driven management based on current research supported by a global network of therapists

CCMI Concussion Tracker Smartphone Application

The CCMI Concussion Tracker smartphone app supports safer return-to-sport decisions for young athletes. The app captures and shares an athletes’ concussion status in real time.

Where a concussion hits, Concussion Tracker enables an athlete’s stakeholders to:

  • Report and track concussion
  • Conduct sideline assessments
  • Ensure seamless communication
  • Record athlete’s recovery status and timeline
  • Scan and share medical documents
  • Track daily symptoms for recovery progress
  • Store and view pre-season concussion test results

Download the Concussion Tracker app for free today on the App Store and Google Play!

 

Free Educational Resources

When a concussion hits, the more knowledge the better. CCMI’s free educational resources will help to increase your concussion management awareness. Download yours for free today here.

Downloads available include:

  • Concussion Handbook
  • Concussion Code of Conduct
  • Implementation Guide
  • Educational infographics

Concussion FAQs

Contact us to start your concussion recovery today.

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