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BCI’s Vision

"To be a leader in sport concussion innovation and clinical care".

 

BCI’s Mission

"To bring innovative sport concussion assessment and management strategies to the community utilizing evidence-based, research-driven practices".

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

 

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).

Brian Benson

Founder & Medical Director

What is a Pre-Season (Healthy) Clinical Assessment?

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.

WHAT IS BCI?

THE BCI IS AN INNOVATIVE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ACUTE SPORT CONCUSSION PROGRAM.

BCI is an innovative, physician-led, multi-disciplinary acute sport concussion program. The creation of this program is the result of over two decades of concussion research and clinical experience which clearly demonstrated a need for timely access to the best possible clinical care for high-risk sport community athletes sustaining an acute sport-related concussion. Concussions are assessed and managed efficiently and effectively by a sport medicine physician experienced in concussion and multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals who understand athletes, with communication to the athlete’s team therapist and/or coaches during every step of process, including written medical clearance by a sport medicine physician to return to unrestricted competition/game play.

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