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Concussion Focus, What Is It? 

Over my five years as a physical therapist, I have been a part of many teams and have taken on many different roles, each of which has grown me as a professional and as a person.  One of my favorite roles is serving with the Concussion Focus team. Today I want to tell you a little about the team and what we do!  

Concussion Focus was originally started in the midst of a rising awareness of concussions. At that time, there were few multidisciplinary options for concussion treatment. Concussion Focus brought together physicians, physical therapists, psychiatrists, athletic trainers, and people passionate about and well trained in concussion management.

The Concussion Focus team continues to meet every other month.  The team is unique as we each represent separate organizations, but when we gather to meet we all take off those hats and come together to do our best to impact concussion treatment. In our meetings, we discuss ways to support each person’s individual efforts in regard to concussions, share current research and swap case studies. We also set a goal each year as a group to get the word out about advancement in concussion treatment.

This year we will be writing a series of blogs as a team with the intent of helping to provide resources to people dealing with concussions.

If you would like to learn more about concussions or Concussion Focus, please go to concussionfocus.org. Be on the lookout for more blogs to come from my colleagues on the Concussion Focus team!

Written By: Josiah Parker, PT, DPT


What can a physical therapist do for a concussion?

If you are suffering from post-concussion symptoms, you may feel helpless and think there is no way to help speed up the process of recovery. But there is a way! 3 Unexpected Treatments for Concussions – That Work!

The care and treatment of concussions have become one of the fastest growing priorities in the medical community in the last several years and rightfully so.

An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. In fact, for young people ages 15-24 years, sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of this form of a traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Athletic Training)

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Concussions are now more widely recognized in the world of sports, in work safety and in the medical world than ever before. According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.

 

1 out of every 5 people who sustain a concussion WILL NOT recover in the normal 2-3 week time frame.

Though they may appear to be functioning just fine, people suffering from a concussion may be dealing with an array of symptoms. These symptoms include time lost from school/work, time out of sports, headaches, dizziness, nausea, balance problems, fatigue, and the list could go on.

If you have had a concussion and are struggling with fully recovering, don’t wait any longer. Click the button below to schedule a consultation.

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Concussions and the Classroom: Bridging the Gap

Concussion Focus & Athletes’ Training Center
Guest Blog Author: Becky Docter, MA, ATC, Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Becky Docter is an Athletic Trainer who joined Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in 2016.  Previously, she spent a decade working as an Athletic Trainer in the secondary school setting in Omaha. She continues to advocate for education in youth concussion across the state of Nebraska.  She Co-Chairs the Metro Brain Injury Regional School Support Team (BIRSST) and serves on multiple concussion education groups including Concussion Focus.org and Concussion Coalition.  Becky received her Bachelor’s degree from Doane College and her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She is very involved in professional service on the state level serving on the education committee for Nebraska State Athletic Trainer’s Association, (NSATA) serving on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Athletic Training Board, and working with the Board of Certification (BOC) to create standards for professional education in athletic training.  Becky and her husband just welcomed their first baby boy to their family this May.

Return to Learn

What is it?

Return to Learn is an amendment to the Concussion Awareness Act that was passed in July 2012.  The Return to Learn Amendment was added in July 2014, stating that a return to learn protocol be established for students that have sustained a concussion.  The protocol shall recognize that students who have sustained a concussion and returned to school may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or academic staff until the student has fully recovered.

Download Full .pdf Blog: Concussion and the Classroom Bridging the Gap


The care and treatment of concussions have become one of the fastest growing priorities in the medical community in the last several years and rightfully so.

An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. In fact, for young people ages 15-24 years, sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of this form of a traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Athletic Training)


Our Collaboration with Concussion Focus

What is ConcussionFocus? Concussion Focus is a collaborative group of healthcare professionals in the Omaha and surrounding area that decided to come together to provide a team approach to concussion management. 

Representing the areas of family medicine, pediatrics, neurology, athletic training, physical therapy, and other disciplines allow each professional to offer expertise in their field while communications with each other to best serve the patient’s needs.

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Concussion Return to Work: Plan of Action

Guest Blog Author: Rebecca Lancaster, MD

Returning to work after a head injury poses unique challenges. It may seem unclear what steps to take or how far you should push yourself as you return to work. A good place to start would be discussing the situation with your employer and physician.

A sudden noise, bright lights, a computer screen, physical exertion or mental activity may not be well tolerated by the recovering brain. It is most helpful to me when patients bring a list of job expectations to their office visit so we can develop a reasonable plan for modifying their work and predict which aspects may cause problems.

Job Details: Driving expectations, screen time, noise levels, physical activity and levels of responsibility/decision making are very important to know when formulating a reasonable return to work plan.

You may need to start with a few days off from work (or longer) to start your recovery. When you are ready to start back to work, sometimes working a few hours at a time or half days are more appropriate. It is common to experience fatigue and mental exhaustion at the end of the day or the end of a week. Making adjustments such as doing more challenging work at the start of the day might help.

Even though you are able to return to work, you may find frequent breaks to be helpful, even necessary.

Back to Work Tips:

  • Changing the settings on screens to include larger text and lower brightness. 
  • Adjust lighting in the workspace.
  • Try using noise canceling earphones/earbuds. 

These changes may help provide fewer stimuli and relief to a brain while it is still recovering.

Once you are back to work, try to avoid situations where you have to learn new skills if possible. Training and testing are generally less successful while you are healing.

Use extra caution in high-risk jobs, especially those with little margin for error. Try to get a good night sleep between work shifts. Worsening concussion symptoms or fatigue might be a sign that you are doing too much too fast. If you can identify triggers that make your symptoms worse, be sure to bring these up so efforts can be made to avoid or minimize these triggers. For example, multitasking may be more difficult than working on one task at a time.

Above all patience can be your best friend. Focus on what you are able to do and take one day at a time. Pushing through does not lend itself to a faster recovery.

If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to email any one of us at the concussion focus team. 

Guest Blog Author: Rebecca Lancaster, MD


The care and treatment of concussions have become one of the fastest growing priorities in the medical community in the last several years and rightfully so.

An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. In fact, for young people ages 15-24 years, sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of this form of a traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Athletic Training)


Our Collaboration with Concussion Focus

What is ConcussionFocus? Concussion Focus is a collaborative group of healthcare professionals in the Omaha and surrounding area that decided to come together to provide a team approach to concussion management. 

Representing the areas of family medicine, pediatrics, neurology, athletic training, physical therapy, and other disciplines allow each professional to offer expertise in their field while communications with each other to best serve the patient’s needs.

Continue reading


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