Concussions have become a more visible and mainstream issue over the last few years through movies and NFL engagement. According to the CDC, an estimated 330,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for sports-related injuries, including diagnoses of concussion or traumatic brain injury, in 2012.
Concussions can vary from very mild to quite severe, and it is important that physical therapists understand signs and symptoms and that there is a common language spoken among healthcare providers with respect to this condition. A meeting held in Pittsburgh in October 2015 put out Statements of Agreement From Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (or TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussions, including a variety of experts covering several issues on the topic of concussion.
It’s vital for PT’s to have the right knowledge to evaluate and help those who have had a concussion.
For more information on treatment and evaluation, take the course “Physical Therapy Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome”.