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Barossa Physiotherapy is proud to offer the Complete Concussions Program at our clinic. As a certified Complete Concussions location we provide a full evidence-based concussion management program including everything from pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, helping our patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes dysfunction within brain cells and decreased blood flow, resulting in temporary deficits in brain function. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, cognitive problems, dizziness, or balance problems, among others. To further understand what a concussion is, watch this video for a deeper explanation from Dr. Cameron Marshall (@Concussion_Doc)!

Concussion Treatment

Following a concussion injury, it is recommended that you seek the care of a healthcare professional with training and experience in concussion as soon as possible. In fact, recent studies have concluded that one of the best predictors of concussion recovery was how fast you were assessed at a concussion clinic. The earlier you seek quality concussion care, the better your recovery will be. Generally, a period of relative "symptom-limited" physical and cognitive rest is recommended for the first 24-48 hours after injury. After this rest period, a gradual increase in mental and physical activity is recommended. For optimal recovery, this process should be directed and supervised by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management. If symptoms of a concussion are still present after 7 to 10 days, an individualized treatment and rehabilitation program should be initiated. The scientific evidence indicates that concussion is best treated with early application of specific cardio exercise programs, rehabilitation for the visual and vestibular systems, treatment aimed at the neck and associated whiplash, dietary and supplement recommendations, as well as patient education.

As part of our Complete Concussions program, we offer a full-suite of evidencebased concussion treatment services & strategies including:

  • Balance Rehab

  • Nutritional intervention

  • Vision Rehab

  • Cognitive Testing

  • Integrated Manual Therapy

  • Exercise Rehab

  • Return to School, Work and Sport

  • Pre-season Testing

  • Educational resources

Preseason Testing

Multimodal pre-season testing (AKA Baseline Concussion Testing) is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provide a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. In other words, we test your balance, your reaction time, your memory, your visual tracking speed, and a whole bunch of other brain functions. This gives us a map of how your brain functions when you are healthy. If you sustain a concussion, we can use your pre-injury results to see not only where the deficits are, but how much deficit exists. This can help us both with our treatment strategy and with developing a better understanding of when you're brain has recovered and you are safe to return to your sport. It’s important to remember that not all baseline testing is created equal. The Complete Concussions protocol is unique in that it combines the best evidencebased tools available so that you are getting the most complete brain map available

Complete Concussions Programs for Sports Clubs

Complete Concussions is the largest concussion program in the world. They provide concussion solutions both big and small for sports clubs and schools of all levels from grassroots/community level to professional.

We can help clubs with

  • Documentation, & Compliance Tools

  • Concussion Policy Development

  • Training for Coaches & Teachers

  • Specialized Concussion Treatment Clinic

  • Return to Learn, Work, Play Programs

  • Concussion Testing

  • Concussion Training for Medical Staff Concussion Resources

Our CCMI Staff

Tania Materne - Physiotherapist

Tania Materne is our Certified Concussion Clinician whose passion is not only a professional one, but stems from her experience with her son who was a talented footballer and at 17 was instructed to give up any contact sport in the future, due to several concussions.

Tania says "Our aim is to provide the best possible outcomes for all sporting codes regarding concussion and with this goal, we are hoping to connect and provide a broad range of Baseline Testing and post-concussion management to as many athletes as possible"

Emily Stephens - Allied Health Assistant

Emily is working alongside Tania with Baseline Testing and concussion rehabilitation. She has completed her CCMI Baseline Administrators Course, and the Sideline Course which she uses in her role as a Sports Trainer, working with the Nuriootpa Football Club.

For more information, enquiries or bookings please contact us on 8562 3441

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