Concussion Management Program & Helmet Safety
Concussion Management is an important topic in the field of sports medicine, and we are pleased to offer treatment for this condition. Ensuring full recovery of the brain before return to sport or activity is critical. If athletes return to play before the brain has had a chance to fully recover, a less intense blow or hit could cause the same if not more damage to brain tissue, with longer more intense impact on their life.
Concussion is Brain Injury
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that generally resolves quickly. It is caused by a blow or bump to the head or body. It’s important to note that it doesn’t always have to be a major collision for a concussion to occur, nor does it always come with a loss of consciousness. If you suspect a concussion, you should seek immediate medical attention. Rehab for concussion is managed in a very specific sequence, allowing time for the brain to fully recover. If not properly managed, you can experience post-concussive symptoms for months, limiting your ability to concentrate, read, or even watch TV.
Return to Activity Protocol
Initial focus of rehab is on relieving symptoms of dizziness, headache, loss of balance and coordination. Once these symptoms are gone, a strict return to activity protocol is followed. If at any point in the protocol the person’s symptoms return, this is a sign that their brain is not ready, and we need to modify the progression.
Both the State of New Hampshire and the State of Vermont require sign off by a qualified healthcare professional to return to sport, and this is something that we are able to provide after the rehab process is complete.
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control:
Parent & Athlete Concussion Information Sheet
Fact Sheet for Athletes
Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches
For Coaches: A One-Sheet Concussion Symptoms, Action Plan, and Emergency Contacts
HELMET SAFETY GUIDES
Catcher’s Helmet Guide
Equestrian Helmet Guide
Football Helmet Guide
Hockey Helmet Guide
Hockey Goalie Helmet Guide
Lacrosse Helmet Guide
Skateboard Helmet Guide
Ski Helmet Guide
Snowboard Helmet Guide
Batter’s Helmet Guide
Bike Helmet Guide