Concussion Management Update:

Concussion Management Update:

Summary of the Berlin Consensus Statement Sport-Related Concussion (SRC): traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces – Can be from a direct blow to the head, or from an impulse elsewhere in the body that is transmitted to the head – SRC results in a range of signs and symptoms that typically resolve in sequential fashion, although some may be prolonged Sideline Assessment: – SCAT 5 is the most well-established and rigorously-developed instrument for sideline assessment – Repeated assessments are often necessary: SRC is an evolving injury, and some symptoms may be delayed Diagnosis: Suspected diagnosis of an SRC can include one or more of the following domains:

1. Symptoms: a. Somatic: ex. Headaches b. Cognitive: ex. Feeling like in a fog c. Emotional: ex. Irritability

2. Physical Signs: ex loss of consciousness, memory loss before or after the injury

3. Balance Impairments: ex. Problems with walking

4. Behavioral Changes: ex. Mood swings

5. Cognitive Impairments: ex. Slowed reaction times

6. Sleep/Wake Disturbances: ex. Drowsiness, trouble falling asleep

When a player shows signs or symptoms of an SRC: – The player should be evaluated by a licenced heath care provider (HCP) – If HCP is not immediately available, the athlete should be removed from play and a multimodal assessment should be conducted prior to return.

Player should not be left alone, and should be monitored for deterioration.

Rest: – After a brief period of rest (24-48 hours) athletes who have sustained a concussion are encouraged to gradually and progressively resume activity, without flaring-up symptoms (if your symptoms get worse, you’re doing too much!)


Fall Injuries

Here is a great article on fall injuries:

A fall is defined as “an unintentional loss of balance that leads to failure of postural stability”. Approximately one in three adults over age 65 fall every year, often resulting in injuries that include wrist fractures, hip fractures, or head-trauma. A fall injury can cause a significant burden on your family and can increase your odds of ending up in a nursing home by 10 times!

In older adults, falls are the number one cause of admission to the hospital and accidental death. Even the fear of falling again can make people restrict their activities, thinking that they’re reducing their risk, but that de-conditioning may actually increase fall risk.


Update: Concussion Management Talk

We are hosting a Concussion update talk that will be valuable to anyone involved in Sport, Athletes, parents, coaches and trainers will hear the latest information on concussion assessment, treatment and return to sport.

This event is FREE to the public.

Speakers – Dr. Eric Babins, M.D., C.C.F.P, Dip. Sport Med. & Alissa Hemsley P.T. Concussion Physical Therapist

Who – All are welcome

What – A talk on Managing Concussions

Where – Okotoks, AB – Centennial Arena in the Provincial Room

When – October 24th, 2018 – Starts at 7:00pm

Attendance is FREE
Please E-mail  to register


Summer Time Meal inspiration

Here is a great article on changing things up this summer with your meal planning.

The middle of August is right about when summer starts to get tiring, isn’t it?  An easy way to make things more interesting is to try some new recipes!

Here are 7 healthy summer recipes for you to try out!

Which one is your favorite?