What are Concussions?
A concussion is an external force that injures the brain. This can be caused by a moving object striking the head or by a sudden acceleration/deceleration movement without any trauma to the head.
For example, someone can get a concussion from being hit with a ball in the head or by being suddenly tackled. These forces cause a rotational injury in which the brain twists, potentially causing shearing in the brain nerve fibers. This causes a change in the function of the brain and results in a variety of symptoms. There are no visible injuries to the structure of the brain, meaning tests like MRI or CT Scans appear normal.
There is growing awareness of the risks associated with concussions. At Cappino, it is important part of our Sports Program and expertise.
Cappino is a Sports Medicine Clinic Accredited with a Concussion Protocol. CAMP is a multi-disciplinary concussion management organization that implements a unique return to LEARN system before a traditional return to PLAY system. It protects individuals of all ages and levels from the cognitive consequences of concussions. It is based on the reACT Program, developed by Ronny Varga (Physiotherapist) and Dr. Scott Delaney (Head Physician for the Montreal Alouettes).
The foundation of CAMP is based on a thorough physical and cognitive evaluation which thereby classifies athletes with a specific level of impairment. This information enables the therapist to determine the level of learning that the athlete or student-athlete is able to properly manage (ie: if taking time off school is needed, if a reduced course load should be implemented, rest periods during the school day etc.) and when return to PLAY should be incorporated. CAMP’s return to PLAY system has a sports specific protocol in place that enables the athlete to return to sport symptom free:
- reACT Concussion Attestation Program (reCAP) to prevent, identify and appropriately reACT to potential concussions.
- With Baseline Testing, the resulting data is valuable in determining the athletes pre-injury (ie: normal) level of cognitive and at times, physical functioning allowing for meaningful comparison following a post-concussion assessment using similar tests, thus allowing better concussion management and safe return to play.
- Multi-disciplinary post-injury management program LEARN FIRST, PLAY SECOND!™ that emphasizes the importance of return to LEARN before PLAY, following a concussion.
Cappino is the first clinic to incorporate the NeuroTracker in our Concussion Protocol. The NeuroTracker measures and improves cognitive performance in sports and everyday activities. Extremely useful in baseline testing, assessing concussions and concussion recovery, it only takes 3-5 minutes and improvement rates for athletes are dramatic due to isolate cognitive stimulation and rapid brain development through neuroplasticity.
We continue to actively align our Concussion diagnosis and management approach with the most recent government reports and legislation. This is important and we want to lead the front in establishing and continuously refining a protocol that is innovative and sets our sports partners apart from the rest in concussion rehabilitation.