The UAR Concussion Service is evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, community integrated service with open channels of communication among all parties providing effective rehabilitation of the concussed athlete back to school or work, followed by a safe return to sport. The concussion team provides Concussion Education and Baseline Screening services, Clinical Head Injury Assessment and individualised rehabilitation back to full, safe participation.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function rather than a structural injury to the brain and cannot be seen on an MRI, CAT scan or X-ray.
It is caused by a direct or indirect force to the head, face, neck or elsewhere where the force is transmitted to the head and injures the brain cells slowing down transmission of messages in the brain.
These brain cells are extremely vulnerable to further injury at this stage. Identifying the concussion early can ensure that the brain rests and recovers for safe return to learning and activity.
Our brain processes and controls all function in the body, such as thinking and remembering, physical actions, emotions and feelings and sleep. All areas are interconnected in different ways. Any of these broad functions can be affected to varying degrees. This is why Concussion Symptoms are so varied.
It is for this reason that specialist knowledge is required in a multi-disciplinary team to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate after a concussive incident.
Education is Key – follow the 7 R’s