When is it safe return to sport after a Concussion?
That is a question I get asked a lot!
At present, the best way to know you have recovered after a concussion is to compare your current results to a baseline set of results taken before the season. Now, a baseline test is not just one computer-based test – research shows that is not sufficient – it is lots of extra tests on top of that, all as valid and important as the next. This collective picture gives a good baseline test to use if you suffer a concussion anytime in the next year.
Since the UK is far behind those in North America, baseline testing is not mainstream – so what can we do instead?
The next best thing is to take you through a concussion recovery protocol and then to test many factors of your vestibular-occular function alongside balance and other elements.
The key to getting an accurate picture is to do this AFTER you have exercised! And exercised to a high level with no symptoms. You are returning to playing sport, so the testing needs to make sure your brain after a concussion can cope with this.