WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
Rest is no longer considered the best approach to concussion care. Research shows that early intervention of various therapies can significantly improve recovery. Through a thorough assessment and the right treatment approach, trained healthcare practitioners can help patients and athletes safely Return to Learn, Work and Play.
Treatment approaches may include: whiplash therapy; vestibular rehabilitation; visual rehabilitation; diet and nutrition; exercise therapy; or education and reassurance.
Dr. Hooper has been certified by the NFHS/CDC and CCMI on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. They know the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provide protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. The CCMI certification has provided thousands of licensed healthcare practitioners globally with an in-depth understanding of the current research and evidence-based practices of acute and chronic concussion assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment.