Shift Concussion Management

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Shift Concussion Management (“Shift”) provides an advanced approach to concussion awareness and management.

Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms which poses a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents, and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time-course for recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to concussion rehabilitation and return-to-play timelines.

For this reason, a growing emphasis has been placed on objective baseline testing protocols that can be used to track an athlete’s recovery and serve as a tangible “measurement” for return-to-play. The Shift Team believes this requires a multifaceted approach that moves beyond an isolated cognitive test.

That is why Shift offers a comprehensive baseline test designed to assess:

  • Cognitive function (learning, memory, processing speed, accuracy)
  • Balance, Coordination, and Neurological function
  • Strength and Endurance Testing

Shift Baseline testers also review and document previous concussive episodes and history of concussion-like symptoms to aid in individualized post-injury assessments should they be required.

Both cognitive functioning and various aspects of physical performance are known to be affected by concussive injury. The physical component of the Shift baseline aids in post-injury comparison should the need arise. Knowing each athlete’s baseline level (strength, balance, coordination etc.) gives us important information when evaluating post-injury recovery and measuring performance throughout our physical exertion protocol.

Baseline values can vary widely from one athlete to the next, and in young developing athletes, these measures can change dramatically from year to year. It is therefore important before the start of the season to have record of each player’s baseline level of physical and cognitive functioning. Should the athlete sustain a concussion during the season, the Shift Team has the ability to compare post-injury testing to baseline values. This allows for a more accurate and objective assessment of the severity of the injury, and provides important information when making return-to-play decisions.

For more information regarding our program or baseline testing, please contact us today