According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year in the U.S. Other causes include car and bicycle accidents, work-related injuries, falls, and fighting. Some estimates say a mild brain trauma is sustained every 21 seconds in the U.S. Bay Area Medical Center has a team of physical therapists and athletic trainers specially trained to evaluate patient risk factors and create a customized program for improved recovery following a post-concussive event.
Post-concussive syndrome is typically associated with a head injury. The injury may be categorized as a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury where medical problems can persist weeks to months after the event. Though you may have a visible cut or bruise on your head, you can't actually see a concussion. Signs may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last for just seconds; others may linger.
There are some common physical, mental and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Any of these could be a sign of traumatic brain injury:
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Behavior or personality changes.
- Blurred vision.
- Concentration difficulties.
- Confusion or feeling dazed.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Memory loss.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Sensitivity to noise.
- Slurred speech.
Benefits of post-concussive treatment:
- Address secondary symptoms of depression/anxiety.
- Diminish severity of symptoms.
- Enhance ability to return to work/school.
- Improve quality of life.
- Promote prior level of activity.
Concussion Management Program
Bay Area Medical Center's Athletic Trainers are committed to returning your athlete to their sport ready to play. Concussion management is very important to our program and we take head injuries seriously. Please take time to view the information linked below.
YOuth Sports Concussion Information
General concussion information
Concussion baseline testing