The Shift Concussion Management program provides comprehensive care and individualized rehabilitative strategies for concussed individuals. Furthermore, Shift Concussion Management provides a framework for concussion intervention. As a result, injuries can be managed promptly and effectively.
Here at KW Health Connection, Dr. Colin is a trained provider of the Shift Concussion Management program.
Shift is a proud supporter of stopconcussions Foundation. This foundation brings awareness about concussions. The founders are former Philadelphia Flyers Captain, Keith Primeau, and former European professional hockey player, Kerry Goulet.
Shift Concussion Management involves 3 components:
- Neurocognitive Testing
- Physical Testing
- Rehabilitation Strategies
Being symptom-free does not mean concussion recovery. Neurocognitive testing provides an objective measure to determine recovery. Neurocognitive testing is assessed through computerized cognitive testing protocols. Although baseline testing is preferred and recommended, the neurocognitive test used for concussion assessment has a normative database with proven reliability and validity.
The computerized cognitive tests assess four main performance factors:
- Reaction Time
- Attention Span
Physical testing can involve three major areas:
- Light aerobic exercise
- Balance and coordination
- Visual Function
Concussions have a considerable effect on balance and visual coordination. Function is assessed using different testing exercises.
Thus, as mentioned, being “symptom-free” does not always indicate complete recovery. In regards to athletes, physical exertion testing helps assess return-to-sport participation. Additionally, physical activity can aggravate concussion symptoms. Therefore, it is important to assess physical exertion before sport participation.
These recovery techniques can be used in combination or individually
- Individualized resting strategies and home instruction
- Specific work/school modifications
- Manual therapy (to address associated conditions like whiplash or neck pain)
- Re-assessment of physical testing
It is important to receive comprehensive and individualized assessments for concussion care. In addition to diagnosis, managing concussions is critical to helping with recovery. If you need baseline testing or post-injury concussion care, let KW Health Connection help.
For more information about concussion management, feel free to contact KW Health Connection or visit www.shiftconcussion.ca.