Whiplash and Cervicogenic Dizziness

Both concussion and whiplash are due to acceleration and/or deceleration forces. Concussion is due to acceleration or deceleration of the brain, while whiplash is due to acceleration or deceleration of the neck.     Studies on high school and college football players (using instrumented helmets) have demonstrated that concussions occur between 60-120G of linear acceleration […]

Buffalo Concussion Bike Test

The BCTT (Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test) which we talked about in our last article has been the most reliable and safe way to assess exercise tolerance post concussion however If the idea of getting on a treadmill makes you uncomfortable, then you are not alone…many of my clients have been unable to participate in this […]

A successful return to exercise post concussion

The reasoning for physical and cognitive rest following a concussion is based on evidence of temporary chemical changes in the brain that occur immediately after a concussion to help the affected brain tissue recover. The recovery time can last for days to weeks and involves a period of inflammation and increased nutritional demand to the […]

Cycling helmets- which is best?

A great article in October’s Cycling Weekly on concussion and some tips on helmet choice: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/concussion-life-saving-facts-440763. Hitting your head is a common occurrence when you fall off a bike and wearing a helmet is vital to protect from serious injury but does it really provide enough protection against concussion?

Making a Diagnosis

Concussion can not be diagnosed through any one question, sign, symptom or test. It requires multiple modes of assessment that may well need repeating. Concussion symptoms can present after 24 – 48hrs. Only 50% occur immediately and 47% occur in the absence of physical signs* This is what makes it such a difficult injury to […]