Concussion management

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March 9 and 10 in Arlington, Texas. Please view our brochure for more information. We hope to see you there.

Concussion Symptoms

Athletes report many different concussion symptoms and sometimes don't experience symptoms for hours or days. Reported symptoms include: confusion, forgetting instructions, complaining that lights or too bright or that they can't concentrate. Visit our Concussion Symptoms page for more information.

More Information

Get the data you need to make the best possible objective decisions. Click here to receive additional information on concussion assessment or to visit with a team member.

Balance Baseline Assessments

Clinicians have long recognized that balance control, cognitive processing and a detailed review of a symptoms checklist are the keys to making safe return-to-play decisions following a head injury. Balanced Athlete provides easy integration and synergy between the symptoms checklist, neurocognitive test, and balance assessment system.

The importance of balance has conclusively been shown in recent clinical research that deficits in postural stability and balance control following a brain injury can be quantified and add an important element to a concussion management program.

Baseline assessment for each athlete provides a database for measuring performance progress based on his or her own capabilities. It improves concussion care and makes return-to-play decisions easier.

The benefits of accurate objective balance baseline assessments are:

Medical professionals can base decisions on accurate objective assessments of postural control and sway velocity -- data that can’t be hidden or under-reported, no matter how eager an athlete is to get back to play.

Current best practice recommendations from the NCAA® and NATA® regarding concussion management programs recommend utilizing a combination of three elements: a detailed review of symptoms, cognitive processing and objective balance assessments.

According to Jacob Resch, PhD, ATC, at the University of Texas Arlington, when objective balance and cognitive assessments are delivered separately, each possesses 60% sensitivity. However, when delivered together, sensitivity is greater than 90%.*

*Published in Journal of Athletic Training 2011; 46(2): 170–175; Balance Performance With a Cognitive Task: A Continuation of the Dual-Task Testing Paradigm; Jacob E. Resch, PhD, ATC, et al.

Balanced Athlete’s concussion management solution reduces the possibility of second impact syndrome following concussion and subsequent permanent damage by utilizing the symptoms, cognitive and balance assessments to make the most objective decision possible for returning an athlete to play safely.

 

 

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