Concussion Assessments and Treatments

Concussion and brain damage from boxing

Concussion (The Invisible Injury) is a serious injury to the brain as a result of acceleration and deceleration of brain tissue within the skull. The effects of concussion if not diagnosed and managed properly could be everlasting and devastating in the years to come. Being a part of an elite sports medicine team at the University of British Columbia and under the supervision of Dr. Jack Taunton, Dr. Masoumi is constantly being updated on the newest research for the diagnosis and the managment of concussion.

Canadian Concussion Collaborative , which is composed of members from variety of different backgrounds who interact directly and indirectly with athletes has recommendation for prevention and management of concussions.

Concussion symptoms may include:

  • Headache/pressure in head
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Neck pain/ stiffness
  • Dizziness/ balance problems
  • Fatigue/ drowsiness
  • Feeling emotional and irritable
  • Difficulty remembering and concentration
  • Altered sleeping patter
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Feeling foggy

Using detailed medical history, appropriate orthopedic and neurological examinations and SCAT 5 questioner, appropriate treatments and return to play protocol will be discussed.

A typical example for the return to sport strategy which should be conducted by a trained health care provider

  • Symptom-limited activity (daily activities that do not provoke symptoms)
  • Light aerobic exercise (walking or stationary cycling)
  • Sport-specific exercise (running or skating drills)
  • Non-contact training drills (eg. Passing drills)
  • Full Contact practice
  • Return to play/sport