Concussion-Subtype Screening Essentials

These are several tools that I teach in my courses and use in my practice to help screen for each of the concussion subtypes and associated syndromes that are commonly experience with concussions. 

If you would like to learn how to implement these tools or interpret them, I recommend taking one of my classes through the Carrick Institute. 

They are mainly discussed in CONCUSSION BOOTCAMP, and FNMOC LEVEL 1

SCAT-6 (Cognitive and Somatic Symptom Screening)

The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, 6th Edition (SCAT-6) is a comprehensive toolset designed to evaluate concussion symptoms primarily in athletes, but the general population as well. It represents the latest advancement in concussion management, integrating physical and cognitive assessments to guide healthcare professionals. By using SCAT-6, practitioners can obtain a structured approach to identifying concussion-related impairments, aiding in making informed decisions regarding an individuals fitness to return to life. This tool underscores the importance of early and accurate assessment in the proactive management of sports-related concussions.

SCAT-6: For ages 13+ (Within 7 days of injury)
Child SCAT-6: For ages 8-12 (Within 7 days of injury)
SCOAT6: Ages 13+ (> 7 days after injury)
Child SCOAT6: For ages 8-12 (>7 days after injury)

Autonomic Screening

Autonomic screening plays a critical role in the comprehensive evaluation of concussion, targeting the autonomic nervous system's response following an injury. This type of screening helps in identifying dysautonomia, a condition that may arise after a concussion, affecting heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature regulation. By incorporating autonomic screening into concussion management, healthcare professionals can gain valuable insights into the broader impacts of concussion on the body's regulatory functions. This approach not only aids in tailoring more effective treatment plans but also in monitoring recovery progress, ensuring a safer return to daily activities and sports.
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Affect Screening

Affect screening is a vital component in the assessment of concussions, focusing on the emotional and psychological well-being of individuals who have suffered a brain injury. This screening process helps to identify changes in mood, behavior, and emotional regulation that are commonly experienced after a concussion. By detecting these changes early, healthcare providers can implement targeted interventions to address mental health concerns alongside physical recovery. Affect screening underscores the importance of a holistic approach to concussion management, recognizing the interplay between the mind and body in the healing process.
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Visual, Vestibular, Occulomotor

Visual, Vestibular, Oculomotor Screening is a crucial assessment process that evaluates the intricate functions of vision, balance, and eye movements, which can be significantly affected by concussions. This triad of screenings helps to uncover issues such as difficulty in focusing, dizziness, and balance problems, which are not uncommon after a concussion. By thoroughly assessing these areas, healthcare professionals can pinpoint specific deficits that may impact an individual's ability to perform daily activities or return to sports. This screening facilitates a more targeted approach to rehabilitation, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive evaluation to support optimal recovery from concussion.
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Sleep evaluation is an essential aspect of concussion management, as sleep disturbances are frequently reported following a concussion. This evaluation aims to assess the quality, pattern, and any changes in sleep habits post-injury. Understanding sleep dynamics is crucial because sleep plays a significant role in the recovery process, impacting both physical healing and cognitive function. Through detailed sleep evaluation, healthcare professionals can offer personalized advice and interventions to improve sleep quality, thereby supporting the overall recovery journey of individuals who have experienced a concussion.
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