It’s not just a bump on the head. A concussion is a brain injury.
As high profile athletes such as Sidney Crosby and many NFL players are living with the after-effects of head injuries, the consequences of concussions are just beginning to be understood and explored in the media.
On ice, in the fields and on the courts many young athletes are sustaining mild brain injuries at an alarming rate. A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury that occurs as a result of a direct or indirect blow to the head, face or jaw.
Neuphysio Rehabilitation in partnership with London law firm, Foster Townsend Graham & Associates, are offering free concussion baseline screening to local youth involved in sport.
The purpose of baseline testing is to obtain an overview of an athlete’s normal physical and cognitive functioning prior to injury. Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) tests balance, coordination and brain function and is a tool that can be utilized in the unfortunate event of a concussion.
Sari Shatil of Neuphysio cautions, “concussions are a calculated risk in athletics and too often they are downplayed or go unnoticed. Baseline testing helps to identify if a concussion has occurred and to create appropriate treatment of concussed individuals. Proper treatment and assessment is imperative for optimal rehabilitation.”
The Head Smart Program is kicking off their first free screening event on Sunday, November 4th between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at Kinsmen Arena. Participants will receive a copy of the SCAT2 results to be kept and used if needed in the future. This is a free community service event open to the public.