Assessment and treatment of concussion in the athlete is an issue that often raises uncertainty. While physicians are becoming better able to recognize these injuries and have a better understanding of their nature and extent, they are often left to wonder what to do about them. The UFV Concussion Management Program addresses this uncertainty by providing a structured methodology for assessment and follow-up that has a sound basis in medicine and science.
What you need to know about concussions and the UFV Concussion Management Program:
- Concussions cause a combination of temporary and permanent damage to the brain. They have been linked to earlier onset of disorders such as dementia.
- Cumulative effects of concussion have ended the careers of a number of amateur and professional athletes.
- When properly managed, the possibility of cumulative effects and lingering deficits of concussion injuries can be dramatically decreased.
- Determining how long an athlete should remain inactive following a concussion is challenging due to the limited amount of accurate information available to the physician.
- Minimally conservative recommendations leave the athlete at risk for further injury and a poor outcome.
- Overly conservative recommendations are often met with a lack of compliance by the athlete or an unnecessary restriction on participation in the sport.
- Current concussion guidelines suggest that the athlete be asymptomatic at rest followed by an undefined amount of “light exercise”.
- The UFV Concussion Management Program consists of baseline testing, and if a concussion occurs, a three step graduated return to physical and cognitive activity.
- The function of the Program is not to clear an athlete to play, but to provide a concise summary of test results for physicians directly involved in case management.
- Dr. Gaetz, director of the program, is an internationally recognized expert in the science of concussion and cumulative effects.
Contact us today to learn more about the program, the science behind it, and the benefits it could bring to your patients.