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Concussion Management

What is a concussion?

  • A concussion is a type of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Physical Therapy@acac is an exclusive area provider of ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing.

What is ImPACT Baseline Testing?

  • Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional for youths over ten years of age.

 Why is Baseline Testing important?

  • ImPACT testing is highly recommended by medical professionals for youth involved in athletics. Results from baseline tests can be used and compared to exams conducted during the season if a concussion is suspected or has occurred.  Along with additional symptom tracking and balance assessments, PT@ACAC can provide valuable information to health care providers to assist in proper and safe return to activities.

What does the test measure?

  • Attention span
  • Working memory
  • Sustained and selective attention time
  • Response variability
  • Nonverbal problem solving
  • Reaction time

Concussion Testing Forms

What is Albemarle County Public School’s Sports Concussion Management Plan? 

  • ACPS is committed to safe practice and provides a Sports Concussion Management Plan to ensure that coaches, athletic directors, Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC), administrators, volunteers, student-athletes, and their parents are aware of the short-and long-term effects of concussions
  • Student-athletes sustaining concussions are removed from play immediately and referred appropriately
  • Student-athletes who have sustained concussions are returned to play only after receiving appropriate medical care, adequate time to heal, and demonstrating no symptoms consistent with a concussion.

    Read the entire ACPS Sport Concussion Management Plan here:
    sport concussions.pdf

What additional resources are available regarding concussion education and management?

  • To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.
  • Details on the initiative are here: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html
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