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Sports Lab is committed to protecting the health and safety of our athletes. Although we strive to prevent concussions, the reality is concussions can happen. As a result, we have partnered with Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI), a Canadian-based, international research and concussion care organisation. From initial pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, CCMI practitioners are trained to collaborate with primary care physicians to co-manage concussions and ensure athletes safely Return to Learn, Work and Play.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes biochemical imbalances within brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
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Baseline testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provide a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners an objective benchmark on which to compare should an athlete sustain a concussion.
As concussion symptoms often disappear days to weeks before the brain has recovered, having valuable baseline information may help healthcare practitioners to make safer return to play decisions.
As part of our partnership with CCMI, Sports Lab encourages baseline testing (Mandates, recommends, etc.) for our athletes. For more information about baseline testing click here.
During the early stage following injury, a period of relative symptom limited physical and cognitive rest is recommended. Research suggests 24 to 48 hours; however, these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Following a short period of rest, the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport recommends a gradual increase in mental and physical activity guided by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management. If symptoms persist beyond 10 days, exercise therapy, manual therapy of the neck, diet and nutrition changes, and vestibular and visual rehabilitation can be effective treatment options in these cases. Visit completeconcussions.com/find-a-clinic to find a recognised healthcare provider. Sports Lab is a recognised provider.
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Return to Learn, Work and Play
Standardised concussion treatment and Return to Learn, Work, and Play strategies ensure adequate recovery time, and thereby limiting the risk of further injury.
Concussion Sideline Course
All coaches and trainers are encouraged to complete the Concussion Sideline Course, equipping them with an understanding of what a concussion is, how to recognise them, and how to assist in safely managing a concussed athlete back into the classroom and sporting environment. Sports Lab has fully certified Concussion Management physiotherapists experienced in offering sideline support; please contact us for more information on how we can help you.
Coaches and trainers will also receive access to the mobile Concussion Tracker App, allowing them to assess and report suspected concussions to recognized CCMI clinics as well as track recovery status on injured athletes. This allows seamless communication between teams and healthcare practitioners and ensures safe Return to Learn, Work and Play.
Why Complete Concussion Management?
Through Sports lab’s partnership with CCMI, athletes now have access to a network of recognised clinics and multi-disciplinary practitioners that provide experienced and standardised concussion care at any location.
Concussion Quick Facts
- Helmets and mouth guards do not protect or reduce the risk of concussion
- 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness
- MRI and other diagnostic scans show structural damage in the brain, and do not identify energy deficits caused by concussion
- Symptoms of concussion typically go away in 7 – 10 days; however, the actual recovery of the brain can take much longer
Our Expert Physiotherapy Services for
Our CCMI certified specific concussion management services include:
- Concussion Screening
- Concussion Treatment
- Concussion Management
- Sideline Support
- CCMI training course access
Our Concussion Management Certified Physiotherapists
Other Physiotherapy Expert Services
Sports Lab has several physios that are experienced in specific fields, including:
- Concussion Management
- Pole and Circus Arts
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Physiotherapy at Sports Lab also offers the opportunity for our unique integrated assessment and treatment system. In this system, patients have the option to be assessed (at the same time) by Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Muscle Therapy and Podiatry, in the one extra long session. Treatment is then based on consensus between therapists for the optimal result.
Disciplines at Sports Lab
Our integrated service disciplines are able to cover all of your health care needs, and are outlined below: