The simplest definition of a concussion baseline test is a series of physical and cognitive tests that measure healthy brain function before a sports season starts – and prior to an injury. In the event of a concussion, the results of these tests can be used as a comparison to help your healthcare provider make return-to-sport decisions.
What is a concussion?
Following a concussion, you may experience lingering symptoms of dizziness, headaches, vertigo, or imbalance.
If these symptoms persist and are preventing you from participating in your regular daily activities, ask your medical provider to refer you to a trained vestibular therapist. Vestibular therapy is an effective treatment option to consider when managing post-concussion care.
What are the most common causes of concussion?
- Falls (leading cause of concussion)
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Work accidents
- Sports injury
What is post-concussion syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome is the term applied to symptoms, such as those listed below, which persist for weeks or months after the initial injury.
What are the symptoms of concussion?
- Headache or head pressure
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Balance problems
- Dizziness and/or vertigo
- Double vision or blurry vision
- Light or noise sensitivity
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”
Does concussion rehabilitation differ for adolescents and adults?
Post-concussion therapy does not differ by a person’s age. However, each program should be customized to address the specific needs and symptoms of the injured individual. The exercises prescribed by a specially trained physical therapist are designed to help you recover more quickly from a concussion by retraining the brain, eyes and vestibular system to work together again.