What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
To further understand what a concussion is, watch this video demonstration from Dr. Cameron Marshall (@Concussion_Doc).
Shayne Day B.App Science (Osteopathy) has been working with patients who have experienced concussion, head traumas and whiplash for over 25 years. Shayne’s passion for sport and his desire to provide local sports clubs and schools with the same concussion services afforded to professional teams has led him to further studies with CCMI. Shayne is a proud member of the Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI) Partnership Program – a network of clinics around the world offering evidence-based concussion care.
From initial pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, as partnered CCMI practitioners, we collaborate with primary care physicians to co-manage concussions, helping patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.
As part of the CCMI network, we offer evidence-based concussion treatment, services & strategies including:
- Osteopathic treatment aimed at restoring normal function to the head and neck, as well as other areas of the body that may have been effected by the Injury.
- Exertional testing for return-to-sport readiness and sub-symptom threshold exercise programs for persistent symptoms
- vestibular, oculomotor, and cervical spine rehabilitation
- balance, reaction time, visual processing, and neurocognitive testing (pre-season baseline and/or post-injury/return to sport testing)
- Educational resources
After experiencing a concussion, research suggests a period of 24 to 48 hours of symptom limited physical and cognitive rest is recommended. These decisions are always made on a case-by-case basis.
Following a short period of rest, the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (2016) recommends a gradual increase in mental and physical activity by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management.
CCMI treatment overview
Multimodal pre-season testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of the athlete”s healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners an objective benchmark on which to compare, should a patient sustain a concussion. It’s important to remember that not all baseline testing is created equal. CCMI has selected the best evidence-based tools available to provide you with comprehensive, multimodal, proven baseline-testing.
As concussion symptoms often disappear days to weeks before the brain has recovered, having valuable baseline information may help practitioners make safer return to play decisions.
Appointments can be made for pre-season testing at Brisbane Osteopathic Centre.
Shayne is also able to organise group testing at your school or sports club at discounted rates. If you are interested on group assessments, please get in touch contact Shayne directly 0480 239 096.
Contact us to learn more about baseline testing to see if it’s applicable for you.
The CCMI Concussion Tracker smartphone app supports safer return-to-sport decisions for young athletes. The app captures and shares an athletes’ concussion status in real time.
When a concussion hits, Concussion Tracker enables an athlete’s stakeholders to:
- Report and track concussion
- Conduct sideline assessments
- Ensure seamless communication
- Record athlete’s recovery status and timeline
- Scan and share medical documents
- Track daily symptoms for recovery progress
- Store and view pre-season concussion test results
Download the Concussion Tracker app for free today on the App Store and Google Play!
CCMI Free Educational Resources
If a concussion hits, the more knowledge the better. CCMI’s free educational resources will help to increase your concussion management awareness. Download yours for free today at https://completeconcussions.com/resources/educational-resources/
Downloads available include:
- Concussion Handbook
- Concussion Code of Conduct
- Implementation Guide
- Educational infographics
- Concussion FAQs
Contact Shayne to start your concussion recovery today!