December 15, 2022
As the holiday season approaches, concussion recovery can become especially challenging. The hustle and bustle of the holidays often bring increased social expectations and overwhelming schedules that can cause additional…
Multimodal baseline testing is the key to better concussion care.
Concussion symptoms often resolve before the brain has fully recovered. Having baseline information provides healthcare practitioners with valuable insight into how your brain functions when healthy. After a concussion, this information helps to detect lingering deficits and brain recovery levels to make safer return to sport decisions.
Learn more about the Cerebellum
The cerebellum is our movement coordination center. This area underneath the occipital cortex is what allows our movements to be smooth and coordinated, accurate, and well timed. A common test of the cerebellum is to reach your pointer finger to a target out at arms length. Someone with cerebellar difficulty will have slow, jerky, erratic motion during this test.
The big area for the cerebellum’s involvement in concussion injuries is BALANCE. The cerebellum helps create stable balance by making postural adjustments to keep postural sway to a minimum. At Complete Concussions, we test this function by having athletes stand on a force plate to see how much movement and sway they have when healthy. Then, in the event of an injury, we can re-test to see if there has been any change. Because everyone is so different, it’s important for clinicians to understand how much postural sway is normal for YOU.
Learn more about the Brain Stem
The brainstem is involved in some of the most critical life-supporting roles of any brain structures, such as breathing and heart function, but it is also heavily involved in balance, sensation of the head and face, vision and eye movement, speaking, swallowing, and much more.
The Complete Concussions baseline battery tests brainstem function in a few different ways such as balance & postural sway, visual acuity and visual tracking, and response time testing. Because everyone is different, it is important for clinicians to understand what is normal for YOU.
Learn more about the Temporal Lobe
The temporal lobe is heavily involved in the processing of sensory inputs like visual stimuli and sounds. The medial temporal lobe and hippocampus are critical for memory formation and language recognition. Damage to the temporal lobe often results in aphasias, amnesia, and seizure disorders.
The Complete Concussions baseline testing battery tests the temporal mostly through auditory and visual memory challenges for words, symbols, shapes, etc. both in the short-, and longer-term. Because everyone is different, it is important for clinicians to understand what is normal memory for YOU.
Learn more about the Occipital Lobe
This is your visual center (AKA the primary visual cortex)! This area is responsible for processing all visual stimuli including motion and the colors, and shapes you see.
The Complete Concussions baseline testing battery tests this area in a number of ways such as response time, visual tracking and processing, and visual memory testing. Because everyone is different, it is important for clinicians to understand what is normal for YOU.
Learn more about the Parietal Lobe
The Parietal Lobe is a sensory integration center such as touch, pain, and temperature, but it is also heavily involved in spatial awareness and proprioception. Proprioception is the awareness of where your body is in space, which is very important for balance and navigating your environment.
The Complete Concussions baseline testing battery assesses Parietal Lobe function through balance and postural sway testing in a variety of positions such as tandem gait, two-foot, and one-foot stance positions. Because everyone is so different, it’s important for clinicians to understand how much postural sway is normal for YOU.
Learn more about the Frontal Lobe
The Frontal Lobe is the most recent addition to the human brain. This is what helps us with “higher order” brain functions such as social interactions, problem solving, impulse control, memory, expressing and controlling emotions, and more.
The Complete Concussions baseline test battery mostly tests this area of the brain with neurocognitive tests such as tests for executive function, memory, and impulse control. These extremely sensitive tests have been found to pick up very subtle differences in function. Because everyone is different, it is important for clinicians to understand what is normal for YOU.
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