A concussion can be one of the most frightening injuries for an athlete, coach, and/or parent. Recently the importance of proper concussion management has been brought to the forefront of the athletic world. Performance Spine and Sports Medicine realizes the importance of proper concussion management and is reaching out to local athletes (ages 10 and up) to educate and provide inimitable care.
Matt Shade presents Concussion Awareness
Why PSSM’s Concussion Management Program is Inimitable
PSSM’s concussion management program utilizes not one, but TWO, quantitative and objective measurement systems to monitor athletes’ recovery from a head injury.
1. Cognitive Testing with ImPACT
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is currently the “gold standard” for cognitive testing. ImPACT is a validated computerized evaluation system that enables clinicians to quantitatively monitor athletes visual memory, reaction time, impulse control and symptom status. For more information on ImPACT, please visit http://impacttest.com.
2. OptoGait Testing
OptoGait testing enables PSSM’s clinicians to monitor and track athletes’ physical performance. OptoGait is used to monitor physical reaction times (acoustic and visual) as well as balance. When recovering from concussions, it is imperative to closely monitor athletes recovery and return to play. However, until now, there has not been an effective and efficient way to objectively measure athlete’s physical performance. PSSM has the state-of-the-art technology enables our clinicians to quantitatively monitor athletes’ physical recovery.
Your Concussion Management experience at PSSM:
At Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, athletes involved in our concussion management program will receive quality care from our integrated health care team. Patients will:
1. Be examined by a Board Certified Physician
*ATTENTION PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETES…EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 SENATE BILL 200.
“Strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Senate Bill 200 (now Act 101) requires any student-athlete who exhibits signs or symptoms of a concussion or head injury to obtain clearance by a licensed or certified medical professional trained in concussions before being allowed to resume playing sports.”
2. Work with a Certified Athletic Trainer
a. Baseline Testing with ImPACT and OptoGait
b. Post Concussion
i. Regular ImPACT and OptoGait testing to closely monitor recovery
ii. Development and implementation of an appropriate return to play protocol
c. Education – common signs and symptoms, “red flags,” open communication regarding treatment protocol, and assistance in communicating with teachers/school staff to modify classwork.
3. Receive Physical Therapy/Chiropractic Care
Athletes who suffer from prolonged sign and symptoms can benefit from physical therapy and chiropractic services to help reach return to play status.
PSSM’s integrated model enables multiple clinicians to combine efforts in ensuring your recovery is closely monitored enabling a safe and efficient return to play.
If you and/or somebody you know has a concussion, do not hesitate to contact Matt Shade at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or at 215-504-2223. Keep your head in the game at PSSM!
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