In sports, it’s often described as “seeing stars” or “getting your bell rung.” Yet no other injury is less understood and harder to manage in sport medicine than concussions.
The good news is that Edmonton and Sherwood Park are at the forefront of an interdisciplinary approach to concussion research, testing and treatment. Through a unique partnering of professionals, Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy and Health Pointe Medical Centre are working together to provide the direction and education that is needed to manage concussions. As well, they are supporting a local research study at the University of Alberta, led by Neuropsychologist, Dr. Martin Mrazik, looking at the effect of body checking in hockey in Alberta.
Athletes seen at Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy now have the opportunity to be part of this current research by participating in baseline testing in addition to receiving the highest possible level of treatment and injury management for a concussion. If an athlete sustains a concussion, he or she can make an appointment at Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy for an initial screening assessment. We then arrange a priority appointment with a Sports Medicine Physician at Health Pointe Medical Centre within 7 days of the concussion. Sports Therapists and Sports Medicine Doctors work together to return athletes to sport and an active life safely and as quickly as possible.
Concussion Checklist for Parents and Coaches
• Headaches, nausea, dizziness, visual problems, neck pain.
• Sensitivity to light or sound.
• Feeling “foggy” or slowed down.
• Difficulty concentrating or remembering.
• Increased irritability, sadness, nervousness.
• Sudden emotional swings.
• Have baseline concussion testing completed before each new sport season.
• If one or more symptoms are present remove the athlete from participation and seek qualified medical attention within 24 hours.
• Monitor the athlete for worsening symptoms for 3 hours post incident and awaken every 2 hours throughout the first night.
• Seek follow-up medical attention from professionals with training in concussions.
• Ensure the athlete does not return to sport or physical activity until cleared by an appropriate medical professional.
Seek Immediate Emergency Medical Attention if:
• Symptoms worsen or the concussed player experiences:
• Extreme drowsiness (or cannot be awoken)
• Repeated vomiting or slurred speech
• Poor recognition of places or people
• Abrupt behavioral changes
• Weakness/numbness in the arms/legs
To learn more about this innovative program which is being coordinated in partnership with the U of A, Glen Sather Sport Medicine Clinic and Health Pointe Medical Centre, visit sherwoodparkphysio.com