At TRIA, we are committed to the comprehensive care of all athletic injuries, including sport related concussions. TRIA Sport Concussion Program is the only multi-disciplinary concussion program specializing specifically in return to sport and physical activity in the region. Our team of specialists are committed to providing the best concussion care based on the latest scientific research and evidence-based studies. The collaboration of physicians, neuropsychologists, physical therapists and athletic trainers all in one location, working together to develop individualized and active treatment plans for each athlete is one of the many unique aspects of the program.
We understand that no two concussions are alike. Our goal is to return athletes back to their academic, social and physical activities safely and as soon as possible. We provide immediate access for these patients understanding the impact this injury has on their quality of life.
Learn more about the Sport Concussion Program from physical therapist Carly Mattson, PT, DPT, OSC.
What is a concussion:
A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury that involves a complex pathophysiological response in the brain. No bleeding or bruising of the brain occurs. A concussion affects the way the brain processes sensory information, emotions, behavior, balance, memory and learning. We refer to this as a “functional injury” not a “structural injury.”
How does a concussion occur:
Concussions can occur from a blunt force to the head or body by a linear or rotational acceleration/deceleration force transmitted to the brain. Not all concussions involve loss of consciousness. Symptoms usually occur immediately but sometimes can evolve over hours.
Sport related concussions are treatable. Formal sport concussion evaluations at TRIA include: a comprehensive clinical interview, physical exam, balance assessment, vestibular and ocular motor screening, symptom evaluation and neurological testing.
This data will be used to develop a personalized treatment plan, which may include referrals for specialized care with:t
- Vestibular and Ocular Motor Evaluations and Therapy
- Physical Exertion Training and Return-to-Sport Progression
- Cervical Spine and/or Pain Management Specialists
- Medication Management
- Ophthalmology and Vision Therapy
- Sports Psychology
- Neuroradiology or Neuroimaging
- Integrative Medicine
Patient Inclusion Criteria:
TRIA’s Sport Concussion Program is offered to athletes of all levels, ages 5 through 60 that suffer a concussion during sports participation or individuals who are trying to return to sports participation, recreational physical activity or an active lifestyle after a concussion.
Sport is defined as both competitive and non-competitive physical activity, including individual and organized participation.
Schedule your appointment
TRIA Sport Concussion Program is currently located at the TRIA Bloomington location only.
TRIA Concussion Clinic visits are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 952-831-8742.
For more information or to schedule ImPACT testing, contact our Sport Concussion Coordinator at 952-977-0467.
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This course will take place on November 4-5, 2016 at the TRIA Physical Therapy and Education Center. This two-day concussion conference is catered to physical therapists who treat patients with concussions. This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 10.5 Category 1 continuing education credits.
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Additional Resources for More Information About Concussion:
- National Institutes of Health, United States National Library of Medicine – www.medlineplus.gov/concussion.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement: Concussion in Sport – bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/1/15.full.pdf+html