Category Archives: Concussion Management

Should athletes continue to play after a concussion?

Why athletes should not continue to play after a concussion

The majority of athletes continue to play after a concussion because they do not tell their trainers how they feel. Kay 2014, found that more than half of concussions sustained during athletic competition are never reported. Furthermore, trainers and coaches do not know the signs and symptoms of a concussion.   One study found that high … Continue reading Why athletes should not continue to play after a concussion

concussions and difficulty concentrating

Concussions and Difficulty Concentrating

A concussion is a transient, functional disturbance that temporarily alters the way our brains work. The majority of concussed individuals (80-90%) have no symptoms within 7-10 days after injury (McCrory et al, 2013). Nevertheless, 10-15% of concussed individuals will experience symptoms longer than 10 days. The international classification of diseases (ICD-10) classifies post-concussion syndrome (PCS) as … Continue reading Concussions and Difficulty Concentrating

Blackhawks Test

Dutchmen Captain Connor Cole Takes on the Blackhawks Test

Captain of the 2015/16 Kitchener Dutchmen, Connor Cole is demonstrating the NHL physical exertion test. The Blackhawks test was designed by the Chicago Blackhawks medical staff. A concussion is an energy deficit. The purpose of the NHL (Chicago Blackhawks) physical exertion test is to exhaust an athlete, draining their energy. The Blackhawks test is a 28 minute, … Continue reading Dutchmen Captain Connor Cole Takes on the Blackhawks Test

NFL sideline concussion management

NFL’s Sideline Concussion Management

Sunday night during Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panther’s wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown left the biggest game of his career in the third quarter with concussive like symptoms after he went for a pass from Cam Newton. Before I try to shine some light on the NFL’s sideline concussion management I just wanted to comment on how … Continue reading NFL’s Sideline Concussion Management

Concussion Movie Review

Concussion Movie Review

The Concussion movie follows the tragic story of a forensic neuropathologist from Nigeria (played by Will Smith) who discovers brain damage in deceased NFL legend, Mike Webster. When Dr. Omalu publishes his findings he receives personal and professional condemnation from colleagues and the NFL. It is not until Dr. Omalu enlists the help of Dr. Julian Bailes … Continue reading Concussion Movie Review