Sports-related concussion (SRC) is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by biomechanical forces, which may be as a result of a direct blow to the head, or transmitted forces from impact elsewhere on the body. SRC is commonly seen in contact sports, such as rugby union, rugby league and AFL, as well as football (soccer), but can be seen in any sport, for example horse-riding and cycling.
Typically, SRC does not cause any structural changes to the brain, so imaging, if performed, is normal. Diagnosis of concussion is usually done on the basis of symptoms and physical examination.
Our sports injury rehabilitation clinic offers diagnosis and treatment of concussion. We are able to manage concussion injuries beginning at diagnosis, all the way through to return to activities, and anywhere in between, for all ages of athletes.
Concussion is an evolving injury, so regular follow-up with a doctor who is familiar with concussion is important.
School-age athletes require a more in-depth return to activity program after a diagnosis of concussion, which includes a graded return to school approach based on the 2018 Concussion Consensus Statement. It is important to see a doctor who is familiar with the rehabilitation of concussion to ensure that the return to school and return to sport is handled safely.
For diagnosis and treatment of Concussion contact us at The Crossbones Clinic Newcastle.