PAUL PLASKETT, DC, DACO!
Football accounts for the highest percentage of       concussions, hockey ranks second
  Concussion can be   caused by a direct or   indirect hit to the head   or body (for example, a   hard check)  A player...
  Impact magnitude   delivered by youth   hockey players aged   13-15 was similar to that   of college football   players...
Medical EmergencyVisible injury to the structure of the                 brain
  Concussion can cause functional damage to   brain cells, i.e. how they work.  In minutes to days following a concussio...
  Concussion typically results in the rapid onset   of short-lived impairment that resolves   spontaneously over time  Y...
  Important that those involved with the game have current   knowledge to recognize signs and symptoms  A suspected conc...
patent pending                                        SIDELINE EVALUATION OF ACUTE CONCUSSION - POCKET S.C.A.T. 2         ...
    Properly educate our athletes    Rules are enforced    Respect for the mutual safety of fellow players    Protecti...
The full version of this presentation is available on DVD and can                     be purchased by visiting:           ...
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  1. 1. PAUL PLASKETT, DC, DACO!
  2. 2. Football accounts for the highest percentage of concussions, hockey ranks second
  3. 3.   Concussion can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body (for example, a hard check)  A player does not need to be “knocked out” to suffer a concussion.
  4. 4.   Impact magnitude delivered by youth hockey players aged 13-15 was similar to that of college football players  Average was around 20 Gs of force  High surpassed 100 Gs
  5. 5. Medical EmergencyVisible injury to the structure of the brain
  6. 6.   Concussion can cause functional damage to brain cells, i.e. how they work.  In minutes to days following a concussion, brain cells remain in a vulnerable state.  There is no visible injury to the structure of the brain, meaning that tests like MRI or CT scans appear normal
  7. 7.   Concussion typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment that resolves spontaneously over time  You will be told to rest until you are fully recovered (that means resting your body and your mind)  Expect gradual resolution 7-10 days
  8. 8.   Important that those involved with the game have current knowledge to recognize signs and symptoms  A suspected concussed player should be immediately removed from the game or practice  Without proper management, a concussion can result in permanent problems and seriously affect one’s quality of life
  9. 9. patent pending SIDELINE EVALUATION OF ACUTE CONCUSSION - POCKET S.C.A.T. 2 {NOTE}: Abbreviated testing are designed for rapid concussion screening on sidelines are not meant to replace comprehensive neuropsychological testing. Sideline testing should not be used as a stand-alone tool for the ongoing management of sports concussions.TEST 1: SYMPTOMS TEST 2: MEMORY FUNCTION - MODIFIED MADDOCKS QUESTIONSPresence of any one or more of the following signs & symptoms may suggest a concussion. Have the athlete answer the following questions to the best of their ability:(Check those that are present) ANSWERED UNANSWERED Loss of consciousness Feeling slowed down At what stadium are we at today? Seizure or convulsion Feeling “in a fog” Which period/half is it now? Amnesia Difficulty concentrating Who scored last in this match? Headache Difficulty remembering “Pressure in head” Fatigue or low energy What team did you play last game? Neck Pain Confusion Did your team win the last game? Nausea or vomiting Drowsiness Dizziness More emotional Blurred vision Irritability Balance problems Sadness Sensitivity to light Nervous or anxious Sensitivity to noiseTEST 3: BALANCE TESTING - PERFORM EACH TEST FOR 20 SECONDS. IF AN ERROR IS MADE, HAVE ATHLETE RESTART.ONLY 5 ERRORS SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR EACH. NOTE HOW MANY ERRORS ARE MADE BELOW. A. TANDEM STANCE B. ONE-FOOT BALANCE C. FINGER-TO-NOSE TEST Stand heel-to-toe with your Balance on the right foot Stand up straight and non-dominant foot in back with hands on hips and eyes balance evenly. Start with and hands on hips. Weight closed. Balance for 20 your arms straight out to the should be evenly dispersed seconds. Perform the routine sides. Alternating each hand, across both feet. Make sure again on the opposite foot. touch finger to nose. Once eyes are closed. Maintain again, eyes should be closed balance for 20 seconds. during test. Repeat for 20 seconds. ATTEMPT SECONDS ATTEMPT SECONDS ATTEMPT SECONDS 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 Any athlete with a suspected concussion should be IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM PLAY, urgently assessed medically, and not be left alone and/or drive a motor vehicle.
  10. 10.   Properly educate our athletes  Rules are enforced  Respect for the mutual safety of fellow players  Protective equipment
  11. 11. The full version of this presentation is available on DVD and can be purchased by visiting: www.shockwaveimpact.com To schedule a speaking engagement for your team or organization please contact: Dr. Paul Plaskett, DC, DACO docplaskett@gmail.com

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