Konkussion Program (Markham Waxers)

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The Waxers organization is participating in KONKUSSION, an innovative concussion* education and management program for the2015-2016 season.  The Waxers Executive has made this mandatory for all Rep teams.  The cost of the KONKUSSION program is included in the Waxers Team Assessments.

In a nutshell, this program will baseline test our athletes for better diagnosis of concussions and provide 24-hour access to medical professionals trained in concussion diagnosis and  treatment.  This will allow any injured athletes to seamlessly follow the Return to Play Guidelines set out by Hockey Canada.

The KONKUSSION certified clinic for Markham is run by Dr. Mike Poschar, a Waxers parent.  Please note that if an athlete sustains a concussion, follow up treatment does not have to be sought at Dr. Poschar’s clinic.  Families are free to use whatever services they choose.  KONKUSSION will provide referrals for required services.

Please contact your team manager to learn how to register your athletes for the Baseline Testing clinics.

Download the Konkussion information brochure.

2015-2016 KONKUSSION Program

submitted by Andrea Winarski, Head Trainer, Markham Waxers

For the upcoming 2015-2016 season, the Waxers organization is participating in KONKUSSION, an innovative concussion* education and management program. The Waxers Executive has made this MANDATORY for all teams. The cost of the KONKUSSION program is included in the Waxers Team Assessments.

In a nutshell, this program will baseline test** our athletes for better diagnosis of concussions and provide 24 hour access to medical professionals trained in concussion diagnosis and treatment.  This will allow any injured athletes to seamlessly follow the Return to Play Guidelines***set out by Hockey Canada.

The KONKUSSION certified clinic for Markham is run by Dr. Mike Poschar, a Waxers parent. Please note that if an athlete sustains a concussion, follow up treatment does not have to be sought at Dr. Poschar’s clinic. Families are free to use whatever services they choose. KONKUSSION will provide referrals for required services.

Please read the information below to learn how to register your athletes for the upcoming Baseline Testing clinics.

How KONKUSSION Works

Waxers players will schedule their baseline testing on one of the test weekends via the website, https://www.konkussion.com.  Our first set of dates are Friday June 6, Friday June 19, Saturday June 20, and Sunday June 21st.  We will also be running test days at the beginning of September.  Siblings of Waxers athletes can be included in the program at a cost of $50.00 per individual (normally $60.00) as part of a value added service through Markham Waxers.

All parents who used this service last year can simply log into their existing account and add a test to their child’s account, konkussion.com/login.

Athletes will also be sent a parent information package which contains concussion education material and the emergency toll free number.This number is to be used anytime the athlete has a suspected head injury or there are symptoms evident on the head injury check list provided in the concussion education material. Trainers and Managers will also have this toll free number, so that they can assist you, if needed, in accessing the program.

How to Register for KONKUSSION Baseline Testing

The Waxers organization asks that all athletes be baseline tested before the start of the 2015-2016 season.  Baseline testing is valid for one year. Baseline testing is to be arranged individually, not by the team. It is expected that all Waxers players will have completed Baseline testing by September 15th, 2015.

If you have previously participated in the Konkussion program, go to https://www.konkussion.com/login

  1. Enter your email and password (if you have forgotten your password, you can reset by clicking the “Forgot your password’ link.
  2. Once you login, you should see your athlete(s) listed. ;Click ‘Complete Registration’ beside your athlete’s name.
  3. Update any information that has changed and select an appointment time at one of the Waxers’ clinics.
  4. If needed, you can add additional athletes to your profile.

If this is your first time using the Konkussion program, go to https://www.konkussion.com/signup.

  1. Enter your email and password and click the link that is sent to you.
  2. Once you login, click ‘Register An Athlete’.
  3. Fill in the profile information and select an appointment time at one of the Waxers’ clinics.
  4. If needed, you can add additional athletes to your profile.

KONKUSSION FAQ’s

What is KONKUSSION?

KONKUSSION is a team led by neurosurgeons and neurologists providing athletes with mobile on-site comprehensive baseline testing and subsequent 24/7/365 complete concussion care and safe return to play.

How does KONKUSSION work?

All athletes undergo an annual Baseline test administered by our healthcare professionals. Upon completing the baseline test, each athlete, parent or guardian receives a membership card and toll-free number to call in the event of a head injury.


KONKUSSION clinical care is accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days/year. Members receive a phone call back within 60 minutes from a healthcare professional to facilitate a detailed pre-screen of the athlete’s condition. 

If necessary, KONKUSSION athletes are scheduled to see a specialist supervised by a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist within 24 to 48 hours, anywhere in Ontario.

In the event of a concussion, the diagnosis is confirmed by comparing the post-injury measurements to the athlete’s baseline levels.

A gradual return to activity, return to play protocol is followed under the expertise of the clinical team with multidisciplinary head injury treatment, diet, supplement and lifestyle regimes to expedite recovery.

The ultimate decision on clearance to return safely to play is made by a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist in consultation with our entire healthcare team, as soon as safely possible.

Why become a member of KONKUSSION?

Concussions require immediate care.

Parents and athletes concerned about a possible concussion have immediate access to our clinical team and will be scheduled to see a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist within 24 to 48 hours, anywhere in Ontario.  

Is KONKUSSION’s baseline testing different from others?

Firstly, our neurocognitive test is administered by a healthcare professional at the beginning of each sport season.

Secondly, our baseline testing incorporates features of previously validated tests and further dimensions of cognition, including visual memory, balance, reaction time and working memory.

Thirdly, our rigorous fitness assessment simulates playing conditions.

Finally, each concussed athlete undergoes a comprehensive review by our team of Neurosurgeons and Neurologists.

All of the above enables KONKUSSION to make return to play decisions with a higher level of efficiency, precision and safety.

Is Baseline testing only for athletes above the age of 10?

No. KONKUSSION has modified its baseline test for younger athletes and continues to follow their sporting career.

What happens when an athlete returns to play too soon after sustaining a concussion?

The athlete can become more susceptible to a second concussion, post concussive syndrome and irreversible brain damage. Short-term consequences may include impaired school performance, debilitating headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound and light. Long-term effects may include depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and suicide.

Will KONKUSSION delay a player’s Return To Play?

No, quite the opposite. Due to immediate access to care with KONKUSSION baseline testing, athletes will return to play as soon as safely possible.

Why do my kids need to undergo baseline testing each year?

Given the developing brain, it is important to establish an up to date baseline test.

Can KONKUSSION be used for head injuries occurring outside of hockey?

Yes.

If follow treatment is required, will KONKUSSION provide a referral note for my insurance plan?

Yes, a referral note will be issued that satisfies the requirement of Extended Healthcare providers.

What if my insurance does not cover the required treatment or the treatment exceeds the amount allocated by my insurance company?

Hockey Canada insurance coverage provides up to $500 coverage beyond what is covered by private health care insurance. Note that injury report forms must be submitted within 90 days of the accident.

Please visit these links for more information.

*What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a common form of brain injury that can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body (i.e. a car crash, fall or sport related injury). This causes a change in brain function, which results in a variety of symptoms. With a concussion there is no visible injury to the structure of the brain, meaning that tests like MRI or CT scans usually appear normal.

To learn more, please visit the Thinkfirst website.

Signs & Symptoms of Concussion

You do not need to lose consciousness for a brain injury to be a concussion. Concussion Sign and Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems
  • Double vision
  • Photosensitivity
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Feeling foggy
  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Cognitive changes
  • Appears dazed
  • Confused about play
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers question slowly
  • Personality/behavior change
  • Forgets plays prior to hit
  • Forgets plays after hit
  • Loses Consciousness
  • “Just doesn’t feel right

**Baseline Testing For Concussions

From: http://www.stopconcussions.com

What is a Baseline Test?

A baseline test is a test that is taken before any concussion, activity or treatment have occurred. Baseline testing data is valuable in determining the athletes’ pre-injury (normal) level of cognitive functioning. Baseline information can also be gathered after an athlete has completely recovered from the symptoms of a concussion.

Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms which poses a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents, and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time-course for recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to concussion rehabilitation and return-to-play timelines.

For this reason, a growing emphasis has been placed on objective baseline testing protocols that can be used to track an athlete’s recovery and serve as a tangible “measurement” for return-to-play.

Baseline tests measure:

  • Cognitive function (learning, memory, processing speed, accuracy)
  • Balance, Coordination, and Neurological function
  • Strength and Endurance Testing

How a Baseline Test Works

Baseline or pre-season evaluation is an essential part of the concussion management process.  An athlete takes a baseline test pre-season or when uninjured.  

Important Benefits of Baseline Testing

Medical staff evaluating a concussion can prepare a more specific treatment plan for recovery and can use the data for research purposes.

Testing provides a meaningful comparison against which a post-concussion assessment can be compared.

Allows the athlete to safely return to play sooner; in giving, parents, coaches, trainers, and the athlete themselves comfort that they have returned to the previous level of performance and symptom level before returning to play.

After Injury

If you think an athlete or person has become concussed, they should seek medical attention immediately.

Under the guidance of a medical professional and when the athlete is symptom free, the athlete will then perform a further baseline test. This test is identical to the initial test because repeating the same tasks after the injury identifies any cognitive changes from the initial test performance. This ability to compare results helps indicate whether the brain has fully recovered.

Concussions can cause subtle changes in the speed and accuracy of thinking (cognition). These changes are usually the last symptoms to go away after a concussion and they can be very slight. In fact, it is very difficult to detect them without a computerized test which compares an individual to themselves when they were “normal.”

Athletes under the age of 20 years should get baseline testing every year. For athletes 20 years and older, baseline testing every 2 years is sufficient

***Return To Play Protocol

The Waxers organization will be strictly adhering to Return To Play Guidelines. Any concussion sustained by a player OUTSIDE of hockey should be reported immediately to the Waxers Team Trainer.

From: http://thinkfirst.ca

You should not return to activity or play until you have completed the 6 Steps to Return to Play and have been cleared by your doctor. A concussed person should be removed from activity immediately and should be assessed by a medical doctor. Given that symptoms may worsen later that night and the next day, you should not return to your current activity. When concussed, your ability to assess your situation may be impaired. Post-concussive symptoms may intensify with an increase in activity, so it is important that return to activity is gradual and monitored/supervised by a medical professional.

The 6 Steps to Return to Play include:

  1. No Activity, Mental and Physical Rest until symptom free
  2. Light Aerobic Activity like walking of stationary cycling
  3. Sport Specific Activity like skating or running
  4. Training Drills without Body Contact
  5. Training Drills with Body Contact - only once cleared by a physician
  6. Game Play

These steps do not correspond to days, though each step should take a minimum of one day. If symptoms return during this process, the individual should stop the activity and return to rest until symptoms resolve before they try any activity again. A physician should be consulted if symptoms persist.

If you wish to learn more about concussions, baseline testing and return to play guidelines, please read:

 

 

 

 

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