Supporting students, athletes & their parents
Concussion can be confusing and frightening, especially when it occurs to one’s child. Diagnosis relies heavily on symptom report which may not be easy to elicit from a non-communicative adolescent, and the normal moods and sleep practices of teenagers or young adults can be difficult to distinguish from what could be concussion symptoms.
Concussions are complex injuries
Recognition of this serious injury and effective management towards a successful recovery is crucial to ensure your child is protected from the catastrophic consequences of a second injury. There is only so much healthy rest, and we must not keep kids from school, sport, or deprive them of opportunities that are essential to their development.
Parents need to make informed decisions that support recovery but also commit to the safest and most efficient Returns. With evidence informed, comprehensive baseline testing, and best-practice concussion management, ACC experts support students, athletes and their parents from injury to recovery.
The value of baseline testing lies in its post-injury use. Symptoms can appear to be resolved before a concussion had completely healed, increasing the risk for recurrent and more complicated injuries. When a concussion is either suspected or diagnosed, pre- and post-injury scores can be compared, supporting diagnoses, informing recovery, and supporting safe and timely Returns to school and sport.
Baseline testing provides a view of the most commonly affected thinking systems when they are healthy, working normally, supporting your child’s normal athletic and academic performance. ACC’s evidence-informed approach supports both clarity and confidence in clearing students and athletes for the safest and most expedient Returns to their sports, classroom, and their lives.
Return To Learn (RTL)
Successful, complete RTL must be achieved before returning student-athletes to play and sport. Students should be performing at their academic 'baseline' before returning to sport. On the flip side, extended time away from school, peer groups, sport or extra-curricular activities can impose severe penalties on a developing child. Permanent changes can be imposed with poorly managed recoveries.
While confusing and daunting for some students, youth-athletes, their parents and schools, successful Returns to school are possible when coordinated with all involved. ACC RTL approach involves close coordination with elementary and high schools as well as colleges and universities, and are informed by individualized treatment plans, facilitated by neuropsychologists and other expert health care providers with experience in concussion management and RTL pathways.
Return To Play (RTP)
RTP and activity is everyone’s goal after concussion. But returning too soon puts an individual or athlete at the greatest risk of re-injury or prolonged recovery. Guidance is needed for individuals of any age who suffer concussions to Return them to competitive or recreational sports and activities. For some, this process may take only days and recovery can be achieved fairly quickly and uneventfully.
Many individuals suffer symptoms for weeks or longer, and in these instances, expert guidance and assistance is vital. Athletes who play competitive and collision sports require special management and evaluation to ensure a full recovery. We have supported athletes from Pee Wee to professional, Junior B to Olympic-level, high school and beer league members, as well as a full spectrum of recreational athletes in achieving successful RTP.