Concussion Management





Neil Chasan interview on syndicated radio regarding concussion in youth football .


Neil Chasan, PT discusses the importance of baseline testing for concussion management.

At Sports Reaction Center, we take concussion VERY seriously. Mismanaged, a second concussion on top of the first can cause permanent brain damage or even death.


A concussion is in fact a traumatic brain injury.


By definition, a concussion is a traumatically induced alteration in brain function that is manifested by alteration in consciousness, with signs and symptoms commonly associated with post-concussion syndrome.


Concussion is caused by a variety of mechanisms:
- Contact with an opponent (64%)
- Contact with a teammate (17%)
- Contact with ground (10%)
- Contact with equipment or objects on field (4%)


Risks of Returning to Sport the Same Day as Your Initial Concussion


Repeat Concussion with Prolonged Post Concussion Syndrome
Post Concussion Syndrome Checklist:

"Bell Rung"
Excess sleep
Feel "in a fog"
Feel "slow down"
Inappropriate emotions or personality change
Irritability Loss of consciousness
Loss of orientation
Memory problems

Poor balance or coordination
Poor concentration, easily distracted
Ringing in the ears
Seeing stars
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Sleep disturbance
Vacant stare/glassy eyed


Second Impact Syndrome (SIS): SIS occurs when an athlete who sustains a head injury — often a concussion or worse injury, such as a cerebral contusion — sustains a second head injury before symptoms associated with the first have cleared.


Traumatic Encephalopathy: A progressive neurodegeneration that is triggered by repetitive mild traumatic brain injury, including concussion and subconcussive blows, but evolves slowly over decades in genetically susceptible individuals. Symptoms are not usually apparent until many years later.


It is never appropriate to return to play for a child or adolescent athlete on the same day as the injury.


For the Child or Adolescent Athlete down to 10 years old


Baseline Testing: The ideal way to manage concussions is to have baseline screens to measure against. A baseline battery of tests allows data to be gathered regarding an athlete's normal brain function so that in the event the athlete suffers a concussion, their concussed brain function can be compared to their normal brain function to ensure a safe return to plarticpation.


Our Testing Program: We use both ImPACT testing to understand multiple measures of cognitive function and we also perform test to measure dual functions of the brain while active using our OptoJump technology.


Post Concussion Testing


In the event you or your child has suffered a concussion or you suspect a concussion, even in the absence of baseline tests, you should consider testing with us so that we can monitor very closely your return to play. The most significant risk you or your child has is to suffer a second concussion before the first concussion has resolved.


Long Term Risks of Mismanaging a Concussion


Prolonged Post Concussion Syndrome
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)


Wolves Concussion


Sports reaction Center in pleased to be working with Eastlake Youth Football Club to implement a concussion management program for the 2013 season.



Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012


This paper is a revision and update of the recommendations developed following the 1st (Vienna 2001), 2nd (Prague 2004) and 3rd (Zurich 2008) International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport and is based on the deliberations at the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012.


The new 2012 Zurich Consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous documents and to develop further conceptual understanding of this problem using a formal consensus-based approach.


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