The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes that concussions should be evaluated and managed by a multidisciplinary team. An individual suspected of having a head injury should be removed from participation in organized activity for assessment of concussion.
If signs, symptoms, and/or behaviors of concussion are present, the individual should be prohibited from further participation until evaluated and given written clearance from a licensed physical therapist or other licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion.
Although assessing cognitive function is an important component of a concussion management program, collecting information on symptoms and functional status (ie. Balance, vision, etc) provides a more comprehensive approach.
Body in Balance Physical Therapy provides that by utilizing BIODEX Play It S.A.F.E. This Assessment for Concussion Management adds an objective neurophysical component that gives Body in Balance clinicians the ability to quantify the elements of balance before and after an injury occurs. The objective data provided by this assessment provides a performance baseline against which post-injury performance can be compared. Detailed summary and progress reports track recovery and provide the medical team with quantitative data to help with the return-to-play decision.
Learn more about concussions here.