A concussion is a complicated process that occurs in the brain following a traumatic event which transmits biomechanical forces to the head. It may result from a blow to the head or other part of the body. While we don't typically see physical damage from a concussion on standard medical imaging, we know that it does alter the way the brain functions.
When the brain is not functioning properly, athletes who continue to participate in sport and do not seek proper care may be at risk of prolonged recovery, additional injury, or even complications later in life. Signs and symptoms of concussion may present immediately following the injury, or may take minutes to hours to appear.
(McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Dvorak J, et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport – the 5th international conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016. Br J Sports Med 2017; http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-097699).
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Our insight tells us that no two athletes are exactly the same. Each player is unique with a different set of physical and cognitive attributes that affect their susceptibility and response to a concussive injury. Everyone performs differently on a baseline assessment and many factors may influence your outcome, including gender, age, sport, experience, previous concussion history, and other potential health co-morbidities. A comprehensive pre-season clinical assessment is an assessment of many different systems of the body which may be affected by concussion, including the visual, cognitive, motor, sensory, auditory, balance and autonomic nervous system. Having a pre-season, healthy assessment completed allows our medical team to assess you after a concussion and have something to compare your results to. This allows us to provide the best possible, individualized management recommendations if a sport-related concussion is sustained.