Concussion Management

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. Medically, it is defined as a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including alteration of mental status or level of consciousness, that results from mechanical force or trauma. (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)

How it Occurs?
A concussion occurs when, “An external force and/or whiplash injury cause damage to the brain. It is the rapid acceleration and/or deceleration of the brain in the skull that causes damage to neurons.”

How Common are Concussions?
It is estimated that 1.6 – 3.7 million sports related concussions happen each year. Children aged 6-16, are 6x more likely to sustain a concussion in organized sports than recreational sports. A recent study reports that one third of athletes have sustained a blow to the head that resulted in the signs and symptoms of concussion but was not diagnosed as a concussion.

How is a Concussion Diagnosed?
Evidence of a concussion may not always be visible on MRI or CT scans. For this reason, neuropsychological tests are the preferred method of identification to determine if you are having difficulty with cognition and memory after a concussion.

Why Active Monitoring is Essential?
It is important to establish a baseline for cognitive function. At the beginning of each sports season, athletes should go through a baseline concussion test. This is a great beginning, but it has some flaws. The original baseline is just a snapshot of how your brain is working that day. That is why we have partnered with EQ Active.

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Symptoms

Psychological

Headache, noise/light sensitivity, Nausea, fatigue.

Cervical
Neck Pain, headache, numbness/tingling.

Balance/Vestibular
Dizziness, imbalance, clumsiness, motion discomfort.

Sleep
Falling asleep, staying asleep, sleeping more, drowsiness.

Emotional
Irritability, sadness, anxiety, moodiness.

Cognitive
Slowness, lack of concentration, memory, thinking clarity.

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Cognition

Balance

Visual Function

What is EQ Active?

The EQ Active app is the world’s first mobile, gamified, FDA-cleared neurological assessment tool. With the EQ Active app, Motion ChiroTherapy can assess cognitive function on a year-round basis, allowing us to continually monitor your cognitive function overtime and compare it to your baseline assessment.

With EQ Active, Motion ChiroTherapy can compile real-time tracking of brain performance with comprehensive data. EQ Active allows you to live your life with the comfort of knowing that your brain performance data is available for comparison should a concerning event take place, giving you the best opportunity to get back to where you want to be.

How does EQ Active Work?

Your child takes an online gamified neurological test assessing areas of cognition, balance and visual function to establish a baseline. Then, s/he will check-in online approximately 2-3 times a week through the in-app games. Check-in’s can be completed in as little as 10 minutes and can be done from any phone or tablet. This information provides an ongoing assessment of neurological performance.

Results will be monitored and any changes from baseline will be addressed. If a concession is suspected, the post-incident feature will be utilized. This feature aids in the decision process of Return to Play/Work/Learn.

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