Concussion Protocol 101

While concussions are more commonly talked about in contact and high-speed sports, the reality is that a concussion can happen at any time. That's why it's important to know proper concussion protocol and guidelines immediately after getting a concussion.


Many people may brush off the injury if they feel little to no symptoms. Some signs, however, such as vertigo and sensitivity to light, may not appear immediately after sustaining a blow to the head. Following a concussion, the first 24 to 48 hours are critical as there is a potential for more symptoms to appear or worsen. 

Slipping on a wet surface, accidentally hitting your head, and motor vehicle collisions are among the many causes of concussions. Regardless of how you got injured, it’s crucial to know how to respond immediately to avoid more serious injury.

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What Exactly Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by moving forces such as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. 

During the impact, the brain is pushed against the inside of the skull and can be bruised. Different parts of the brain move at different speeds, producing forces that spread and tear nerve tissue. As a result, nerve cell function is disrupted and a temporary chemical imbalance occurs. 

Concussions are difficult to detect and diagnose as no findings usually appear on structural imaging tests like MRIs and CT scans. 

Signs & Symptoms of Concussions

It’s important to note that symptoms differ for each individual and may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Get medical attention immediately if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

  • Brain ConcussionNausea or vomiting
  • Unable to remember things that just happened
  • Unsteadiness and balance problems
  • Drowsiness or feeling sluggish
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Bad headaches that get worse

The good news is that over 80% of patients diagnosed with a concussion get back to normal within three weeks, though some may experience prolonged symptoms. 

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Concussion Protocol – What to Do After a Concussion

Don’t be dismissive about any forms of head trauma as concussions can occur from even a minor bump.

If you’ve sustained a blow to the head playing an activity, immediately remove yourself from play and look out for common symptoms of a concussion. As soon as you recognize any signs of a concussion, seek medical attention for a diagnosis and treatment. 

Even if you feel well initially, symptoms may be delayed and you’ll feel the effects of the injury in a couple of days. Remember to give a detailed report to your healthcare provider as any details can help a doctor determine the severity of the injury. 

Once you’ve been diagnosed with a concussion, be sure to follow the doctor's treatment plan to give your brain the time and care it needs to get back to full function. 

Exceptional Post-concussion Care at Broadview Spine and Health Centre

There is no set treatment for concussions. Instead, a multimodal approach is taken by addressing the physiologic, vestibular ocular, and the cervicogenic components to give the most effective treatment. 

Our concussion specialists work hard to provide our patients with the best service and care. Using our years of experience and special equipment, we’ll be able to provide you with an in-depth diagnosis to center your treatment around.

Do not hesitate to contact us today if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. Learn more about proper concussion protocol from our team of concussion specialists.