CONCUSSION ASSESSMENT

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As part of the concussion assessment I will take a full medical and concussion history, examine the patient’s neurological and vestibular system, use tools such as SCAT 5 and formulate a graduated return to play schedule tailored for the individual. This includes patients with "post concussional syndrome" or prolonged symptoms post concussion.

SUBTYPE DIAGNOSIS AND POST CONCUSSION TREATMENT

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1) Cervical (neck pain)
2) Vestibular (balance problems)
3) Occular (eye problems)
4) Cognitive/Fatigue
5) Migraine
6) Mood/Anxiety
Each subtype has its own unique picture, treatment and return to learn/work/play advice.

RETURN TO LEARN AND PLAY

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Perhaps the most difficult aspect of care for complicated or repeat concussions is deciding the "down time" before restarting contact and tailoring a return to play schedule that fits with the individual. I have experience at guiding many school age through to professional players through a return to play schedule and back to full health. As an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the local Trauma Centre i also have a wealth of experience of assessing a large variety of head injuries from not just sport but RTCs and personal injury.