Complete Concussion Management
Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON is an official Complete Concussion Management™ Inc (CCMI) clinic. We have certified practitioners who are physiotherapists and chiropractors that have made a significant commitment to learning best practices when it comes to concussion. Concussions have become the focus for both professional and amateur athletes around the world, and Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation strives to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, concussion management, and concussion rehabilitation. We utilize a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to concussions, based on current advances in concussion research.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Individuals who sustain a concussion frequently complain of a headache, feeling “out of it”, feeling off balance and dizzy. They may also have neck pain, mood and sleep changes and difficulty thinking, remembering and concentrating. Light, noise and “busy” situations may make them feel worse.
The current recommended approach is ”Recognize; Remove; Rest; Rehab”.
Following a suspected concussion, a player should be immediately removed from play, assessed and placed on complete rest for a few days in order to recover from the energy deficit. This is particularly true for children and adolescents and in recreational sports where on-site trained medical care is usually absent. For non-sport concussions, stopping all activities and starting complete rest is also necessary. Assessment by a trained CCMI practitioner at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON is recommended within the next 24-48 hours to confirm whether or not a concussion has occurred.
What is Baseline Testing?
A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures various areas of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion. It is completed when an athlete is healthy and does not have a concussion. At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON, baseline testing includes the evaluation of
- Visual Processing/Visual Movements
- Reaction Time
- Balance and Proprioception
- Motor Strength
- Neurocognitive Testing
Baseline testing is not needed for everyone. It has been used for high level or high-risk athletes for many years. High- risk athletes are those who play contact or collision sports like hockey, football, rugby but also those where concussions occur often- like soccer, basketball, skiing and snowboarding. Most research on baseline testing has been done with university and college athletes.
The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done before an athlete gets injured. By comparing how an athlete performs on the same tests before and after a concussion we may better know when the athlete has fully recovered. So baseline testing is done prior to the beginning of the sports season, and is suggested on a yearly basis. Baseline tests in very young children may not be as helpful as in those over the age of 9 or 10.
What is Complete Concussion Management™ Inc?
Complete Concussion Management™ Inc (CCMI) is a concussion research company that educates healthcare practitioners on cutting-edge concussion therapies and management strategies based on the most current medical research so that they may provide the highest quality of concussion treatment and follow-up outside of professional sports.
The Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation team of physiotherapists and chiropractors are certified CCMI practitioners. They are continuously updating their knowledge of current research and treatments in order to manage these injuries properly and safely to optimize adequate recovery, reducing the risk of further injury and long-term brain damage.
Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation Concussion Services:
- Acute concussion diagnosis and injury management
- Concussion rehabilitation for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms (formerly known as Post-Concussion Syndrome)
- Coach & trainer education and certification programs
- Comprehensive baseline testing
The CCMI Network:
Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON can work with any CCMI clinic across Canada because of the large network of specialized CCMI concussion clinics. Athletes tested at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation can access any CCMI clinic and vice versa.
All of these clinics have received the same training, and are conducting the same tests with the same equipment. This means that if you are out of town for a tournament and you get a possible concussion, you can book an appointment at that clinic and be assessed. The Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation info desk is notified that you have a concussion and will be ready to help with your recovery when you return home.
Concussion Tracker Smartphone Application
Download the FREE CCMI Concussion Tracker application and be connected with Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON or another CCMI clinic near you. For coaches, trainers, and teachers, this app:
- Walks you through injury screens while instructing you on red flags that require emergent care
- Supports recovery and return to play decisions, and lets you know where your athletes or students are in the recovery process
- Sends real-time notifications or reports to the athlete or student’s circle of care.
For parents and athletes, this app:
- Allows you to access your baseline tests and concussion records
- Directs you to certified CCMI concussion clinics and allows you to book appointments
- Gives you the ability to provide a daily symptom update to your circle of care.