ImPACT Concussion Management

Concussions

Concussion Management: Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Headache
Nausea
Vomiting
Balance problems
Dizziness
Visual problems
Fatigue
Sensitivity to light/noise
Numbness/Tingling
Dazed/Stunned
Feeling mentally foggy
Feeling slowed down
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty remembering
Forgetful
Confused
Answers questions slowly
Repeats questions
Irritability
Sadness
More emotional
Nervousness
Drowsiness
Sleeping less than usual
Trouble falling asleep
Physical therapy for post concussion management

Physical therapy plays an important role in rehabilitation after sustaining a concussion. Treatment includes a gradual increase in activity while monitoring symptoms of a concussion as well as providing education to the patient, caregivers and other resources (school, coaches, peers) regarding concussion management. Treatment may also include a focus on additional injuries that may have occurred along with a concussion including but not limited to neck pain, back pain, dizziness and headaches.

 

Baseline Concussion Testing

The ImPACT test is a computerized test that measures areas of the brain function commonly affected by a concussion including: attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time.

ImPACT should be taken prior to your sport season and is appropriate for ages 12-59.

The baseline ImPACT test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and should be taken every 2 years.

What do you do if you suspect a concussion?

The athlete should be immediately removed from participation in their sport/activity including practice.

Schedule an appointment with a physician trained in concussion management within 24-72 hours of the injury.

The athlete should not be permitted to return to their sport/ activity until written notification is given from the physician

Resources

www.impacttest.com
www.cdc.gov/headsup/
https://goo.gl/qVXQnL