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5 Step Program
Specialists in Concussion Management
At West Side Physiotherapy, our clinicians have the experience to assess and manage your head injury. We use the concussion management program ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).
ImPACT is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices -- as part of determining safe return to play decisions.
What is a concussion ?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it.
Return to Sport - When is it Safe ?
The ImPACT Concussion Management Model for athletes, schools and teams is a five step protocol of best practice recommendations for how multidisciplinary teams can best use ImPACT.
ImPACT's ongoing commitment to research and the Concussion Management Model may assist in making safe return to play decisions, which helps to limit the likelihood of long-term injury. While ImPACT assists in making return-to-play decisions, it should never be used as a stand-alone tool or as a diagnostic instrument.
1. Baseline Testing
2. Concussion is Suspected
4. Ready for Non-contact Activity
3. Post Injury Testing and Plan
5. Safe Return to Play