Concussion: Direct blow to the head and/or body resulting in abnormal forces upon the brain.
Not only can the physical therapists at Jumpstart treat concussions by improving balance, reducing headaches and decreasing pain and dizziness, we can also perform a pre-concussion screen to establish a baseline. One type of test we use is an Impact Test, a computerized exam that takes 45 minutes. This initial test can be used as a comparison should a concussion be suspected. In this case, the ImPACT test is repeated and scores are then compared.
The health care professionals at Jumpstart can use this to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. The test helps measure verbal and visual memory, mental processing speed and reaction time. The cost and time commitment is minimal for the peace of mind in knowing that if a concussion is ever questionable we can assess and provide the best treatment based on the individual needs. The owners, Daniel and Jennifer Connors, have lectured to local sports teams and are continually receiving the most up to date education on concussion treatment and management.
With a blow to the head or body symptoms can immediately occur or set in gradually hours or even days after the injury. It is therefore important to monitor any athlete suspected of concussion.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Slurred speech.
- Look very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
- Have on pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
- Have convulsions or seizures.
- Cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more and more confused, restless or agitated.
- Have unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness (a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously and the person should be carefully monitored).
All players, parents and coaches should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a concussion: