Concussions are not a game
A concussion can occur after any blow to the body or head that causes the head to whip back and forth. That force slams the brain against the inner wall of the skull. While concussions can range from mild to severe, all temporarily interfere with brain function. Symptoms, which vary widely by person and may not appear right away, can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory problems, loss of balance, double vision, anxiety, irritability and sleep disturbances.
Contrary to popular opinion, most young concussion patients don’t ever lose consciousness; in fact, just 10% do.
“I have seen some athletes who still aren’t completely recovered two years after their injuries,” Dr. Brenner, a USA-based medical director of sports medicine, says. “People need to understand that these are traumatic brain injuries, even if symptoms are mild.”
This is why at our Edinburgh-based clinic we use the cutting edge motion tracking software Kinetisense. Kinetisense has developed the most objective concussion balance baseline system. Current balance baseline assessments such as the SCAT 3 and the BESS analysis protocols often require the practitioner to “eyeball” balance and track the faults visually.
This lack of objectivity in assessment can lead to inaccuracies in assessment and puts the player at risk. Other tools such as the force plate only provide data on the change in foot pressure during the balance test, whereas Kinetisense will score the sway and tilt of the head, shoulders, hips and knees.
The Kinetisense Concussion Baseline Screen traces the overhead sway of the body, while also analysing the frontal plane shifts of the joint planes that are listed above. Our proprietary scoring system will quickly give a score from (low) to 10 (high) for each segment of the body after the test is complete. The system will also provide an overall score for balance after the completion of the 20-second assessment.
Kinetisense is a tool that allows us to analyse an entire sports team for their concussion baseline tests, and reassess the athlete for the ability to return to play after a suspected concussion or TBI (traumatic brain injury) has occurred. The ability to track the patient’s progress back to the baseline level after a suspected TBI allows for valuable information for when it is safe for the athlete to return to play.