Provide Immediate, Field-Side Assessment
If a chiropractor is on the sidelines and an athlete is suspected of a concussion, they, as the first point of contact, can help determine if they need:
• Urgent attention, such as going to a hospital emergency room
• To visit their medical doctor or nurse practitioner for further assessment
• No further assessment is required
As part of an interprofessional circle of care, they can also provide comprehensive advice towards suspected concussions and help rule out more serious forms of medical and neurological conditions.
Make an Informed Referral
Most athletes will make a complete recovery and are able to return to full school and sport activities within one to four weeks of when the injury occurred. The other 15 to 30 per cent will experience symptoms that last longer and may benefit from more long-term care. A chiropractor can give these patients an informed referral to a medically supervised interprofessional concussion clinic, which may include experts in sport medicine and health care.³