Concussion
Management

5 Stage Protocol

Get back to feeling like yourself.

Our therapists guide you through each stage of your concussion recovery, with a personalized care plan to help you quickly return to your baseline.

Your customized concussion protocol

1

Initial Recovery

Light, symptom free cognitive and physical activity is introduced.

2

Return to Work/School

Beginning stages of return to cognitive tasks and environments as tolerated.

3

Return to Activity

Progression of cognitive and physical activity levels with sport-specific training.

4

Return To Sport

Unrestricted school/work with more intense physical activity and strength training.

5

Final Clearance

Full participation based on re-testing of baseline measurements and medical screening.

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Dealing with post-concussion symptoms?

30% of concussions lead to persistent symptoms – known as Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Using our advanced assessment technology, your therapist will isolate the specific factors that are driving your symptoms and develop a tailored plan to help you recover.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This program is designed for individuals who have an acute concussion or post concussion syndrome (PCS).

A concussion is a functional injury that is caused by a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain. As the brain moves back and forth in the skull, there is a “stretch/shearing” force applied to the brain’s tissues. This causes immediate hyperactivity of the nerve cells in what is deemed the “excitatory phase” of concussion, and is characterized by dizziness, disorientation, and other common symptoms seen directly after impact. Over the next hours/days, this hyperactivity is followed by the “spreading depression phase”, a period of low energy as the brain recovers from the initial injury.

Common symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and noise, and difficulty concentrating, among others. After a few days, energy levels begin to recover, returning to normal within a few weeks.

In about 70% of concussions, the majority of symptoms will resolve in around 7-10 days. However, the research has shown that it can take anywhere from 21-30 days for the brain to fully recover. During this time, the brain is extremely vulnerable to further injury, so it is important to understand that the resolution of symptoms can occur before true recovery.

In the other 30% of concussions, symptoms can persist anywhere from weeks, to months, to years. This can be due to blood flow abnormalities, metabolic/inflammatory disturbances, visual and/or vestibular dysfunction, injuries to the cervical spine (neck), and psychological factors. The good news is, all of these factors can be evaluated and rehabilitated with the help of a trained health care professional.

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The first session is a 60 minutes assessment with your therapist and includes an in-depth examination of your concussion history, work/life/sport environment, vestibular/visual and proprioceptive systems, musculoskeletal issues, your specific goals and more.

No. However, your concussion recovery plan may include a medical checkup with our sport medicine physician.