Post-Concussion Dizziness: An Integrated Approach to Treatment and Recovery
Concussion injuries can trigger a multitude of symptoms, each unique and complex in its own right. The severity of these symptoms can vary considerably, ranging from barely noticeable to exceptionally…
In this episode of Ask Concussion Doc with Dr. Cameron Marshall (@Concussion_Doc), we provided an update from the recent National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Clinical Symposia and Athletic Training (AT) Expo 2018, discussed photosensitivity or light sensitivity, and reviewed our study of the week, which looked at assessment and management of sport-related concussion teaching trends in athletic training programs.
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Light Sensitivity & Concussion
Does the imperceivable flicker of monitors and TVs make them so difficult for the concussed? This is one theory. Some believe that the refresh rate of screens (60 hertz or 60 times per seconds) causes a lot of stimulation in various areas of the brain. This can cause increased cognitive fatigue, migraines, photosensitivity, light sensitivity and other symptoms.
Some options to alleviate these problems includes new, epaper screen technology (e.g., Iris Technologies), lowering screen brightness, and frequent breaks from screen time, among others.
Complete Concussion Management recently attended the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Conference in New Orleans. While there are a significant number of preseason and post-injury baseline tests and new technologies to administer these types of tests, we found that a full, comprehensive program was lacking.
Published in the Journal of Athletic Training, the study of the week concluded that athletic training teachers and educational institutions are following recommended practices of teaching a multifaceted approach to sport-related concussion assessment and management. However, “instruction is lacking on the use of a stepwise return to play progression and newer SRC management tools…” 
Dr. Marshall answers viewer questions about the role of early exercise therapy following injury. For more information on the role of exercise therapy in multidisciplinary concussion care, check out the blog post or studies below:
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