Some athletes experience issues with balance following a concussion. The source of this imbalance may be the inner ears. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. The majority of imbalance conditions can be helped through vestibular rehabilitation. The goal of treatment is to minimize dizziness, improve balance and prevent falls by restoring normal function of the vestibular system.
What to Expect
Our specially trained team of clinicians will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes exercises to strengthen posture, gait and components of the balance system, such as eyes, ears and legs. During the treatment process, a home exercise program may be designed and implemented specific to the tolerance, physical condition and diagnosis of each patient. These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system, helping the athletes to become desensitized to movements that provoke symptoms and strengthen muscles.
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We provide concussion baseline testing for all high-risk athletics. We do not test the low-risk sports and we do not test club teams. We have two types of concussion testing available. As of 2018 we implemented a new concussion management program, SportsBrain. SportsBrain is not used to diagnose concussions but rather as a tool that we use to help manage treatment and return to play.
We run baseline tests at the beginning of each season. Student-athletes are required to be re-tested annually (If your son or daughter plays a fall and a spring sport, they will only need to be tested once a school year). If you have further questions please reach out to our office: 630-617-2499
FIVE MYTHS ABOUT CONCUSSIONS
Although many people have an idea of what a concussion is, there are still many myths surrounding this injury. Click on the link below to read the 5 most common myths still associated with concussions. As always, if you suspect your son or daughter is displaying signs of a concussion follow up with the athletic trainers or a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.
For more information specific to Illinois and the IHSA: House Bill 200
Please contact the Athletic Trainers if you would like a copy of our concussion management protocol