ALLISON BUSKE, PT, DPT, CBIS
Allison can be reached at email@example.com.
Between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. In a study of nearly 800 high school athletes, 40% of athletes said their coach didn’t know they had a possible concussion.
As a mom and a physical therapist those are alarming numbers and makes me want to advocate for the safety of my kids and all children!
According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
Because it is a brain injury, it can affect all systems of the body and presents differently in every case. Difficulties can present in thinking/memory, physical, emotions/mood, and sleep disturbances to name a few.
Therefore, it is important to seek medical care to address the issues that are present and be referred to the proper providers. Rest and taking brain breaks is important for recovery.
Babies and toddlers:
School aged children and athletes:
At Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, we strive to be on the forefront of research and techniques to get our patients back to their lifestyle as optimally as possible.
The newest research from February 2019, may change the way medical professionals view return to activity. From Dr Leddy’s study, the latest findings are showing quicker improvement if patients start an aerobic exercise program within a few days under the guidance of a health care specialist.
All concussions are different and therefore at Apex, we have individualized rehabilitation plans of care to provide the optimal healing and recovery for the patient.