The Staples family is quite familiar with concussions being the parent of two highly athletic children. Jacob, twelve years old and the eldest child, was immediately sent to the emergency room after being impaled in the head with a slap shot during a hockey game and receiving the diagnosis of a concussion. Doctors instructed Jacob to stay in his room without the use of any technology and physical activity until symptoms were eradicated. At the same age, Sydney also suffered an injury when she hit the floor boards and made a solid impact with the ice. Sydney, who had been diagnosed with a concussion, experienced issues with her balance and vision coordination. Sydney’s treatment path consisted of a specific series of exercises that would work to correct her vestibular system, alongside her visual system. During Sydney’s recovery process, the professional team decided to take an active approach. An active approach consist of a series of prescribed therapies rather then the traditional method of resting for recovery. Of course rest is still crucial to the recovery process for a concussion which is a traumatic effect on the brain that does not only create a possibility for injuries, but can impair the brains normal functioning. Although this new approach has shown positive outcomes from recovering Therapy and Exercise, the evidence to conform this approach is still in the works. In many individuals, symptoms may dissipate over the course of a few weeks, but there is still a majority of people who continue to suffer for a lengthy period of time. The Vestibular System, consisting of your sensory organs in the inner ear and relations to various areas of the brain, the eyes and other various muscles, has had a growing interest with concussions. The Vestibular Ocular System is effected in some circumstances which can temporarily damage ones vision; causing uncomfortable symptoms such as dizziness and nausea. Concussions can also negatively impact ones vision system, leading to blurred vision, headaches and making simple activities such as reading a struggle. In Sydney’s situation, since both of these systems were effected, balance therapy assisted her by improving her vision and movement. Research is still currently in the process of looking into these new methods to advance treatment with concussions, making the overall healing process more effective and beneficial for an individual.
This article was recommended by Peak Performance Athletic Trainer Melanie Gordon.