Post-Concussion Rehabilitation & ImPACT Testing

Your brain is your body’s command center. Its soft, sensitive tissues float in a cushioning fluid within the hard and sturdy skull. But a swift blow to the head or violent shaking can override these protections and lead to a mild type of brain injury known as a concussion.

More than 1 million mild traumatic brain injuries occur nationwide each year. These injuries can be caused by falls, car crashes or recreational activities like bike riding, skateboarding, skiing or even playing at the playground.

More than half of concussions occur in children—often when playing organized sports such as football and soccer.

Although concussions are considered to be a mild brain injury, they need to be taken seriously. They should not be treated as minor injuries that quickly resolve.

With proper care, most people recover fully from a concussion. In some cases, a concussion can have a lasting effect on thinking, attention, learning and memory.

A concussion can arise from the brain moving either rapidly back and forth or banging against the side of the skull. This sudden movement can stretch and damage brain tissue and trigger a chain of harmful changes within the brain that interfere with normal brain activities.

A concussion isn’t visible from the outside, and you can’t see it with standard imaging tools like MRI and CAT scans. Instead healthcare providers look for signs and symptoms of abnormal brain function to make a diagnosis.

Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems

Loss of consciousness occurs in about 1 in 10 concussions. A person with a concussion might have trouble answering basic questions or move in an awkward, clumsy way. Symptoms can start quickly, or they can be delayed and appear over the next day or two.

The Prognosis with Concussion Injuries

For about 9 in 10 people with concussions, symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days.

Scientists have been working to learn more about those who take longer to recover. In a NIH study the majority of these kids recovered quite quickly or showed no increase in symptoms at all. On the other hand, a subgroup of kids, about 10% or 20%, showed a dramatic onset of symptoms after their injury and persistent symptoms that in some cases remained even 12 months after the injury.

If someone has symptoms of concussion, they shouldn’t try to finish the quarter or finish the game. They need to be taken out of play right away and be seen by a health care provider.

Concussion Rehabilitation

Our physical therapists have special vestibular and concussion rehabilitation training to help patients with a safe and optimal recovery time (optimal does not necessarily mean fast).

No two concussion injuries are the same. Different areas of the brain may be involved so your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your neurological system, musculoskeletal system, and balance systems.

Treatment may include:

Rest and recovery – patients with concussions often need to rest their brain and body during the recovery process. This includes a personalized and closely monitored program to limit physical, thinking, and remembering activities to avoid symptoms getting worse. Proper sleep hygiene (sleep habits) are also very important and our specialists can help with education to help concussion patients get a better night’s rest.

Restoring strength and endurance – rest can quickly lead to deconditioning of your body or in other words, the rest and recovery after a concussion means you will “get out of shape”. Our trained clinicians will prescribe a graded neuromuscular and endurance training program to help you get back to daily activities and/or sporting events.

Stopping dizziness and improving balance – dizziness is a common symptom after a concussion. It may be due to injury to the vestibular system. We may be help reduce or even eliminate dizziness and associated balance problems with specialized treatment and training techniques that may include:

  • stretches
  • strength and motion exercises
  • eye exercises
  • hands-on techniques
  • the use of specialized balance devices

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Return to Sport and Your Normal Daily Activities – it’s important to add the appropriate level of exercises and functional activities gradually because too much stimulation may cause the symptoms to TEMPORARILY worsen.

With a proper assessment and closely monitored treatment program most patients will fully recover with minimal residual deficits. It is very important to follow the instructions of our physical therapist that are highly trained in the rehabilitation of concussion injuries.

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ImPACT Applications, Inc.

BucksFit specializes in custom team training programs. We believe that special attention should be dedicated to preventing injuries during the season. Prepare for the upcoming sports season with one of our experienced and certified professional staff members. The training is overseen by Doctors of Physical Therapy and is designed to guarantee positive results.

During your team’s initial training session, one of our sports Physical Therapists will screen your athletes for ACL injury risk. Following this, one of our experienced strength and conditioning staff members will provide a comprehensive fitness evaluation and then design a program to meet the injury prevention and athletic development needs of your team.

At BucksFit, we focus on injury prevention first and foremost to help ensure a full, healthy season. Our strength and conditioning sessions will focus on the factors most related to performance-enhancement:

  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: run faster, jump higher, be more explosive
  • Anaerobic Threshold: get into game shape, be able to push yourself harder, delay fatigue
  • Aerobic Capacity: increase your ability to recover, practice longer

BucksFit offers two different team packages. Each package includes 2x/week training. Choose either the 8 session (2x/week for 4 weeks) or 12 session (2x/week for 6 weeks) package. Both packages require a minimum of 5 athletes training together and must be prepaid. More athletes equal greater savings per athlete.

PEP Program

BucksFit’s Prevent Injury and strongnhance Performance program focuses on educating athletes on strategies to avoid injury and includes specific exercises targeting problem areas. BucksFit offers the PEP program to implement a strategic training program to decrease the number of ACL injuries.

What Does the ACL Program Consist of?

The program consists of a warm-up, stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and sport specific agilities to address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the joint. The trainers at BucksFit will emphasize correct posture, straight up and down jumps without excessive side-to-side movement, and reinforce soft landings. This program should be completed 3 times a week.

Why Use Our Program?

The PEP program increases the stability of the knee by increasing strength of both static & dynamic stabilizers. By performing warm-up exercises, stretching and plyometric exercises the knee increases the stability with movement. The goals of the program are:

  • Avoid vulnerable positions
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase strength
  • Increase proprioception through agility training

PEP Program Elements:

  • Warm-Up: Warming up and cooling down are crucial components of the training program. The purpose of the warm-up is to allow the athlete to prepare for activity.
  • Stretching: Never stretch a “cold muscle”. By stretching after a warm-up, you can improve and maintain your range of motion, reduce stiffness in your joints, reduce post-exercise soreness, reduce the risk of injury and improve overall mobility and performance.
  • Strengthening: This portion of the program focuses on increasing leg strength. This will lead to increased leg strength and a more stable knee joint. Close attention must be paid to the performance of these exercises in order to avoid injury.
  • Plyometrics: These exercises are explosive and help to build power, strength and speed. The most important element when considering performance technique is the landing. It must be soft! These exercises are basic; however, it is crucial to perform them correctly.
  • Agilities: These exercises increase dynamic stability of the ankle/knee/hip complex.

Sports Conditioning

BucksFit offers a one-of-a-kind combination of cardio equipment, weight machines, traditional free weights, Olympic lifting weights and platforms and a pool.  The mixture of the equipment and our staff’s expertise guarantees results that are unsurpassed.  At BucksFit our staff is comprised of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Exercise Physiologists, Doctors of Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers.

If you are looking to enhance your performance in a specific sport, our staff has the expertise to design a program to meet your specific goals and give you the maximum benefit.  There is a right and a wrong way to weight train, stretch and perform cardiovascular exercise. When done correctly and matched to an individual’s body type and biomechanics, most exercises are simple and safe. BucksFit trainers constantly supervise and coach to prevent injuries and to help you make sure you are performing the exercises correctly.

Our programs are custom designed for the individual, group and/or team and we work with all ages, from those just starting out to professional athletes.

Physical Therapy for the Performing Arts

Performance artists know the only way to strive in their sport is to be exceptional in every step and every performance. Unfortunately, many pay a high price for their success. With injury rate as high as 75%—performers need to be protected. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are highly skilled and trained to treat any injury that may occur on the stage, mat or beam. And above all with former dancers, gymnasts and cheerleaders on staff—you can have full confidence that you are in the right hands in Bucks Physical Therapy’s Performing Arts Program.

Understanding Experienced Professionals

Bucks PT’s experienced staff understands the highly demanding performing arts world and we know the importance of getting back to your sport as quickly as possible. As a result, we are proud to offer safe and progressive programs that will not only enable you to return, but will help prevent future injuries.

Creative Programs Designed for Performers

Our customized programs will consist of a thorough one-on-one evaluation, hands-on manual treatment and state-of-the-art modalities such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Furthermore, with supplemental services such as Aquatic Physical Therapy and advanced taping methods—you can be assured that our Doctors of Physical Therapy will provide you wballet0ith the most comprehensive treatment.

We Get Results!

Gymnasts, dancers and cheerleaders compete year-round, often with no break. We consider it vital to address all injuries no matter how minor or severe. We will work with your physician, instructors and coaches to advance your injury as quickly & safely as possible. Every injury from Labral and ACL tears to wrist sprains and back problems—our staff is ready evaluate any ache or pain you have to ensure your safe return.