How Are We Different?
PhysioActive is an official Complete Concussion Management™ (CCMI) clinic. As concussions have become the focus for both professional and amateur athletes around the world, we at PhysioActive wanted to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation. With our collaboration and education through Complete Concussion Management™, we now offer the very best in research-proven concussion treatments and rehabilitation. PhysioActive is the only Complete Concussion Management™ clinic in Kelowna, and thus we are the only clinic able to offer this comprehensive program. The baseline testing and post-injury concussion care provided by our Kelowna clinic goes above and beyond the typical standard of care of concussion treatment, measuring aspects of brain function that most often aren’t even addressed by many other programs.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Following a suspected concussion, a player should be immediately removed from play, assessed and placed on complete rest in order to recover from the energy deficit. Studies have shown that any activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate days following concussion can delay the process of recovery and should be avoided until the athlete is completely symptom free and has been cleared by a healthcare professional.
What is Baseline Testing?
The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion; and these second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes. The problem is that symptoms (meaning how someone feels) do not coincide with brain recovery. The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and out of this “vulnerable period” is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy; this is what is known as a “baseline test”. A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion (you need more than computer tests!!). The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done BEFORE the athlete gets injured. In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, we first have to know where they were when they were healthy. Without having this information, there is no way to truly know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport. Baseline testing is the most important thing to get done prior to beginning your sports season on a yearly basis.
Concussion Tracker Smartphone App
CCMI is proud to announce the release of the Concussion Tracker Smartphone App! The app connects to the patient’s health record system, allowing for communication between the treating therapist, the patient (or parents), as well as the patient’s coach or school teacher. Suspected concussions can be reported to the therapist through the app, while at the same time giving instructions to the patient on what to do in the case of an injury. Athletes and concussed patients can log into the app to view their baseline results, as well as receive rehabilitation exercises, diet plans, and other tips to help aide in recovery. The app also allows parents and coaches/school teachers to see the current status of their athlete or student, ensuring that the concussed patient is following the appropriate level of activity for their current stage of recovery. Progress updates including symptom scores can also be sent to the therapist, all through the patient’s smartphone! The app is accessible to all patients that have either had a baseline test or concussion assessment completed at a CCMI clinic. Access to coaches and school teachers is provided upon completion of the Complete Concussion Management Sideline Course.
Complete Concussion Management™
Complete Concussion Management™ is a concussion research company that educates healthcare practitioners on cutting-edge concussion therapies and management strategies based on the most current medical research so that they may provide the highest quality of concussion treatment and follow-up outside of professional sports. Certified Complete Concussion Management™ practitioners are continuously updated on current research and treatments in order to manage these injuries properly and safely to ensure adequate recovery, thereby limiting the risk of further injury and long-term brain damage. Services:
- The most comprehensive baseline testing anywhere
- Post-injury diagnosis and injury management
- Concussion rehabilitation for chronic symptoms (Post-Concussion Syndrome)
- Coach & trainer education and certification programs
For more information on Complete Concussion Management, visit their website completeconcussions.com
The CCMI Network
Complete Concussion Management™ is the largest network of specialized concussion clinics in all of Canada. Athletes tested through our program can have preferential access to any CCMI certified clinic across the country. All of these clinics have received the same training, are conducting the same tests, and are using the exact same equipment. This means that if you are baseline tested in your town and you are out of town for a tournament and you get a possible concussion, you can walk into that clinic and be tested and compared against YOUR OWN baseline! PhysioActive is the only CCMI clinic in Kelowna.