It is estimated that between 10 to 15% of athletes in high-risk sports experience a concussion each year. Even more concerningly, it’s estimated that more than 50% of concussions are not reported to coaches, trainers or medical professionals. Leaving a concussion untreated can have severe ramifications, as early treatment and management of this injury can limit ongoing issues and assist people who still have symptoms. A BodyOptics Concussion Management plan will help you get ahead of any potential concussive injuries to protect the health of yourself and your team members.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Most concussions don’t result in long-term symptoms, however, the short-term impact can be unpleasant and debilitating. These symptoms can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
How does a concussion occur?
A concussion occurs from an impact to the body or head. It is the resulting rapid head movement and acceleration/deceleration of the brain inside the skull that leads to brain function alteration and the unpleasant symptoms mentioned above.
How will a concussion plan help?
A concussion management plan will include important information about how to prepare, recognise and seek medical advice for concussions in recreational sports. Our team of skilled physiotherapists can help create a personalised plan for you, your club or your sport. We recommend that the plan be created prior to the season start date as we can best assess your baseline when you are not actively playing your sport.
What does a concussion plan involve?
Prior to the start of your season, our specialist holds a short session with you and your team. In this session, we conduct a Baseline testing program, which allows us to assess the normal cognitive functions of our patients. Once we obtain your baseline, we can use this information if a concussion is suspected.
Investing in a concussion plan is an investment in the health and well-being of players and your team’s success. Contact our team of experts to organise your concussion management plan on 0439 855 790 or visit our website to learn more.