Dear OSC Parents, Players, Staff,
Concussions make up roughly 22% of all soccer-related injuries. One of the biggest concerns following a concussion is the possibility that an athlete returns to sport before the brain has fully healed; sustaining a second compounding concussion has the potential to significantly delay healing and/or cause irreversible brain damage.
Research has shown that symptom resolution occurs much sooner than brain recovery, which may put athletes at risk for returning to sport too quickly–especially if sport clearance is based solely on symptoms.
How are health practitioners, coaches, and parents supposed to know when an athlete is ready to return to sport? In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, the different areas of the brain that could potentially be affected with a concussion must be assessed, including:
- Reaction time;
- Neurocognitive performance;
- Visual processing.
These different test results need to be compared to pre-injury values in order to know when an athlete has returned to their normal pre-concussion baseline values. As such, the best way to ensure that you return to sport safely following a concussion is to get baseline tested before a concussion even occurs.
At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic we offer the most comprehensive concussion baseline testing of any sports medicine clinic in the Oakville and Mississauga area.
If you have further questions regarding concussions, concussion baseline testing, or would like to book an individual or team baseline, please call us at (905) 849-7856.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The season has already started, are we too late for concussion baseline tests?A: NO! Preseason is ideal, but anytime during the year is better than no baseline.
Q: Will the cost be covered through my insurance?
A: The cost of the baseline is covered under most Extended Health Plans since it’s administered by a physiotherapist.
Q: My child had a baseline done over a year ago, why should we do it again?
A: As young athletes mature, their baseline scores can change greatly from one year to the next. Therefore, it is recommended that athletes get a baseline at the beginning of each season.
Q: Isn’t the ImPACT test enough?
A: No! Computerized neuropsychological tests, such as the ImPACT test are only assessing one aspect of concussions, neurocognitive function. In order to properly manage concussions, a baseline test must be multidimensional, assessing the full spectrum of concussion outcomes (i.e., balance, reaction time, visual processing, physical capacity AND neurocognitive function). In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, the different areas of the brain that could potentially be affected with a concussion must be assessed prior to and after a concussion.
If you have further questions regarding concussions, concussion baseline testing, or would like you book an individual or team baseline, please call us at (905) 849-7856.