What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
How does the Neuroflex Platform work?
Neuroflex uses a virtual reality headset with eye tracking technology to perform a battery of tests that challenge your Vestibular and Ocular Motor Systems. The headset can measure your reaction time, ability to focus, and how accurately you can follow targets with your eyes, all of which are often comprised following a concussion.
Following the assessment, you will receive an objective report that can be used as a baseline test in healthy subjects, or be used to assist diagnosis of a suspected concussion. The test can then be repeated another time to track recovery or assist in the decision-making process before returning-to-sport.
What does Concussion Rehabilitation involve?
Following an acute concussion, the recovery process generally follows a step-based return to cognitive and physical activity.
Although rest was previously a standard recommendation following a concussion, it is now recognised that prolonged periods of complete rest actually delay recovery time.
Therefore, we usually recommend recommencing light activity/tasks early on, provided that it doesn’t cause a significant increase in symptoms.