Sports Concussion Assessment
Concussion is a relatively common injury in sport, usually associated with contact sports, which needs to be expertly managed to allow safe return to activities of daily living and ultimately to sporting activities.
Concussion is a complex injury, that can affect the processes of the brain, usually, but not always following a blow to the head. It can present with many variable symptoms and signs across a wide spectrum that can often evolve over time, before spontaneuosly resolving with appropriate rest from all activities. Current medical guidelines mandate the removal from play following a concussion, and recommend that return to play not occur until they are appropriately reviewed and cleared to return to play by the appropriately qualified medical practitioner.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
At Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, all of our Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrars are trained in world best, up to date management of concussion, not only on the field of play, but also in the clinical setting to allow safe return to their normal daily activities and sporting pursuits.
Your doctor will perform a thorough clinical history and examination regarding not only your current concussiove episode but also any other relevant past history of any concussive episodes. Your doctor may then ask you perform additional tests (SCAT3 and/or Cogsport testing) or send you for appropriate imaging (MRI and/or CT), should these be indicated. Your doctor will then be able to formulate the appropriate graduated step wise management plan to allow you to safely return to your desired activity or sport.
OPSMC offers Sports Concussion Assessment services at its Olympic Park and Geelong Campuses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
A GP or medical specialist referral is required to see a Sport and Exercise Physician. GP referrals are valid for 12 months from the date of your visit one of our Sport and Exercise Physicians. Other medical specialist referrals are valid for 3 months from the date of your first visit to one of our Sport and Exercise Physicians.
A GP referral is not required to see one of our Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrars. Our SEM Registrars are supervised by our Sport and Exercise Physicians and are all accredited trainees of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).
What do I need to bring?
Patients please bring in with you:
- Any previous concussion tests (SCAT3 tests etc.)
- ALL previous imaging (films and reports) relevant to your presenting condition
- Blood tests results
- Any referrals from your GP and other treating practitioners
- Comfortable clothes to change into should you need to be examined by your doctor
How long will the session take?
Initial consultations are generally 40 minutes in duration. Review consultations generally take 20 minutes, but these are at the discretion of your doctor.
Can I get a rebate?
All consultations are Medicare rebateable provided you have a valid GP or specialist medical referral. It is up to the patient to ensure their current referral is up to date. Consultations with our SEM registrars attract a Medicare rebate, but at a lesser rate than our Sport and Exercise Physicians.
Is this service covered by Private Health Insurance?
Consultations with our doctors are not eligible for rebates through your Private Health Insurance.