Concussion Baseline Testing - April 17th at Norval Arena For Players between the Ages of 10 & 16

Posted by North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse on Apr 03 2016 at 07:49PM PDT in 2016 Field Season

NOMLA is encouraging all players to partake in the baseline concussion testing being offered April 17th at Norval Arena during our annual picture day. The cost is between $50-$60. We are asking for full commitment for players between the ages of 10 and 16. Many sports associations make this mandatory for the health and well-being of their players. Not only for players and parents to manage the symptoms but for coaches to understand the importance of brain health and recovery after a player experiences a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by excessive force to the skull which in turn causes damage to brain cells. A concussion can cause many different problems including physical, cognitive and emotional impairment, which may have long-term effects.

Many athletes assume that getting their “bell rung” or not losing consciousness means they’re not concussed. That is incorrect, symptoms may not appear immediately and athletes should be evaluated to determine if they have sustained a concussion

Baseline Concussion Testing

Every athlete is unique, therefore should have an individualized baseline test; including symptom, cognitive and balance error scores. The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) is a standardized tool used for cognitive testing for both baseline and post-concussion re-testing. When returning to sport from a concussion, post-concussion testing is compared to their baseline test to ensure safer return to sport. (as defined by Infinite Sports Therapy in Burnaby BC – as recommended by Selects Performance)

“Multi-facetted baseline testing of brain function is what we recommend for all participants in contact sport. The Complete Concussion Management protocol is an excellent resource for providing a comprehensive, streamlined management strategy for concussions in any sports organization.” – Alpine Ski Canada

Symptoms of Concussion:
◾"Pressure in the head"
◾Neck Pain
◾Nausea or vomiting
◾Blurred vision
◾Balance Problems
◾Sensitivity to noise/light
◾Feeling like in a “fog”
◾"Don’t feel right"
◾Difficulty concentrating/remembering
◾Fatigue or low energy
◾Trouble falling asleep
◾More emotional


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