The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.1 million people are treated for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in the emergency department each year. Most of these injuries occur during sports or recreational activities. Individuals 5-18 years of age account for 65 percent of these visits.
Long-term effects of concussions are not fully known, but it is generally accepted that multiple concussions may lead to long-term memory loss, psychiatric disorders, and other neurologic disorders. More importantly, sustaining any additional head trauma while not fully recovered from a concussion can be life-threatening. This is commonly referred to as “second impact syndrome.”
At Bon Secours Physical Therapy, our specially trained physical therapists and athletic trainers will help get you back in the game safely. We will:
- Develop an individualized rehabilitation program focusing on your specific injury.
- Monitor symptoms to make sure you are progressing at an adequate rate.
- Determine when it is safe for you to return to your regular activities/sport. Before an athlete can return to full participation after a concussion, he/she should be cleared by a physician who is trained in concussion management.
- Administer the ImPACT™ Neurocognitive Test – ImPACT™ is a computer-based program that tests multiple aspects of brain function. Experts recommend that athletes who participate in contact sports should have a test before the season begins to establish a baseline. Following a head injury or concussion, a player’s brain functioning can be retested and measured to determine if it is safe to return to the game.
Physical Therapy and Sports Performance at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
2401 W. Leigh Street, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23220