Shift Concussion Management Program
Shift Concussion Management and its network of Health Providers offer accessible, individualized and effective concussion management strategies to individuals of all ages suffering from concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.
When should I seek further treatment?
Concussions, like any other physical injury, should be properly managed and rehabilitated – especially when symptoms persist beyond the first few days. Consider seeking help from a Rehabilitation Professional trained in Concussion Management under the following circumstances:
- Symptoms persist despite early rest
- Presence of ongoing neck pain or stiffness
- Ongoing symptoms of dizziness or visual complaints (eye pain, blurry vision )
- Further guidance needed with regard to return to school or work modifications
For more information regarding the recovery process or for assistance in your recovery please contact Shift Concussion Management at 1-855-223-1002.
CHANGE THE MINDSET,
NOT THE GAME
Most concussions resolve within a short time-frame but some may persist up to a month or longer . A small percentage of individuals may go on to experience Post Concussion Syndrome – a term used to describe the persistence of concussion-related symptoms beyond the expected recovery time-frame.
It is normal to feel frustrated, sad or angry during your recovery because you cannot return to sports, work or academic activities right away.
After a sports concussion physical and mental (e.g. cognitive) rest are keys to recovery, says Dr. William P. Meehan, which means no video games, homework, or other activities that tax the brain and force it to work extra hard.
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When it is safe for a youth or high school athlete to return to play contact or collision sports after symptoms of concussion clear depends on many factors, says Dr. William Meehan, including the athlete’s age, baseline test data, time symptoms take to clear and severity, and concussion history. Once symptom free, it is recommended that each athlete undergo a graduated program of exercise testing. Similar to weight training, athletes recovering from a concussion should not skip to 100% exertion from 0% in a short time frame. Physical exertion testing is important not only for physical re-conditioning, but to guard against symptom relapse and help prevent premature return-to-sport. It is well known that concussive symptoms can be aggravated with exercise and even though you may feel well, running, jumping, or stick handling are things that may cause your symptoms return.
The return-to-play process is gradual. The first stage typically involves light cycling or jogging to elevate your heart rate a moderate amount. If no symptoms are aggravated either during or for 24 hours after this exercise session, you may progress to a more difficult workout routine. Eventually you may advance to on-field or on-ice practice and finally full game play (with proper medical clearance). The whole process could take anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks depending on your specific situation or the stipulations of your governing sport organization. At any time if your symptoms return, you must return to a lower level exertion (or modified activities) depending on the advice of your health professional.
Please note: The above list is not exhaustive nor does having one or more of these symptoms mean that someone has a concussion. It is merely a guide to possible concussive symptoms. It is important to seek medical attention.
Be mindful and remember that if you suspect a head injury/concussion that you should consult a medical professional, preferably one that has experience with concussions and return-to-play.