Concussions impact individuals at all stages of life and sport. Craven SPORT services is proud to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation in Saskatoon, SK.
In collaboration with Complete Concussion Management, an educational organization for evidence-based concussion care, we are proud to offer the very best in research-proven concussion treatments and rehabilitation.
What exactly do we do when it comes to concussions? Lee Stevens, Director of Concussion Management, explains it!
Craven SPORT services is proud to treat concussions before and after an injury occurs. Our concussion management services include:
- Saskatoon’s most comprehensive concussion baseline testing
- Post-injury concussion diagnosis and injury management
- Concussion rehabilitation for chronic symptoms (post-concussion syndrome)
- Coach and trainer education and certification programs
What is a concussion?
Ever wonder what happens to your brain when you get a concussion? Lee Stevens, Director of Concussion Management, walks us through the process.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere in the body. This impact causes a biomechanical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Studies have shown that any activity, whether mental or physical, in the immediate days following a concussion can delay the process of recovery and should be avoided until the sufferer is completely symptom free.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Concussion symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, and a wide range of additional side-effects!
What is Baseline Testing?
Lee Stevens is here to talk about Baseline Testing! What is it? And why is it so important? Find out now!
Why baseline test?
The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following an injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion. These second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes.
The problem is that symptoms (how a client feels post-concussion) rarely coincide with actual brain recovery. The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and is out of this “vulnerable period” is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy; this is what is known as a “baseline test”.
What is involved in baseline testing?
A baseline test is a series of tests that measure every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion. The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done before the individual becomes injured. In order to know when a client has fully recovered, our physiotherapists first have to know where they were when they were healthy. Without having this information, there is no way to truly know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport.
Baseline testing involves a wide-variety of tests, that can include:
- Balance testing
- Reaction time
- Physical exertion
- & more!
Concussion Tracker Smart-Phone Application
Athletes and concussed patients can now log in to view their baseline test results as well as receive rehabilitation exercises, diet plans, and other recovery tips to help them along the way. The app also allows the injured patient (or their parents) to have around-the-clock communication with the treating clinician as well as to provide an update on their symptoms and progress every single day…all from your phone!