Bayshore Physical Therapy is pleased to be the exclusive Complete Concussion Management clinic in Owen Sound, certified by CCMI. Around the world, concussions have become the focus for both professional and amateur athletes, and Bayshore Physical Therapy will continue to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation with this collaboration. To do this, we utilize a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to concussions, based on current advances in concussion research.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion can be defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells, as well as decreased blood flow, and temporary energy deficits within the brain.
Treatment and Rehabilitation:
Rest is no longer the best approach to concussions care research now shows that early intervention can improve recovery. During the early stages post-injury, relative physical and cognitive rest is recommended for 24-48 hours. These decisions are made on a case-by case basis.
Following this short rest period, rehabilitation may include a gradual increase in mental/physical activity. Additionally, manual therapy of neck, vestibular, visual therapy and therapeutic modalities may also be included.
Return to Learn, Work and Play
Step-by-step return to activity ensures a safe return to school, sport and or work.
Our approach to concussion management may include:
Moderate, symptom limited activity
Light cognitive activity
Half/full days of school/work (with/without restrictions)
Light, non-contact sport specific activity
Higher intensity, non-contact sport specific activity
Physical exertion testing
Return to full contact and game
** Process may vary by individual. Always schedule an appointment with a licensed healthcare practitioner if you have suffered a concussion.
What is Baseline Testing?
The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion, and these second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or even fatal outcomes.
The problem is that symptoms (meaning how someone feels) do not coincide with brain recovery. The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and out of this vulnerable period is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy. This is known as a baseline test.
A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion—you need more than computer tests! The reason that the test is termed a baseline is because it is done before the athlete gets injured. In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, we first have to know where they were when they were in a healthy state. Without this information, there is no way to know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport.
The most important thing to get done prior to beginning your sports season on a yearly basis is a baseline test.
Complete Concussion Management
Complete Concussion Management is a concussion research company educating healthcare practitioners on cutting-edge concussion therapies, and management strategies based on the most current medical research so that they may provide the highest quality of concussion treatment and follow-up outside of professional sports.
Certified Complete Concussion Management practitioners are continuously updated on current research and treatments in order to manage these injuries safely and properly to ensure adequate recovery, thereby limiting the risk of further injury and long-term brain damage.
Our services include:
Comprehensive baseline testing
Post-injury diagnosis and injury management
Concussion rehabilitation for post-concussion syndrome
Coach & trainer education and certification programs
The CCMI Network
Complete Concussion Management is the largest network of specialized concussion clinics in all of Canada. Through our program, athletes tested can have preferential access to any CCMI certified clinic across the country. All of these clinics have received the same training, are conducting the same tests, and using the exact same equipment. This means that if you are baseline tested in your town and you are out of town for a tournament, and you get a possible concussion, you can walk into that clinic and be tested and compared against your own baseline!