Concussion in Sport

Recommended Guidelines & Resources to Manage Concussion in the Community prepared by The Physiosports Group (Physiosports Brighton & Pursue Health Highett) for our sponsor groups and local community.

Dr Anik Shawdon, Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician, is the AFL Talent Pathway Medical Officer.

AFL CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT VIDEO

  1. Recognise Symptoms – Use the Headcheck App OR the Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT).

  2. Remove the Player – ‘When in doubt sit them out!’

  3. Medical Assessment – players with a suspected concussion should be assessed by a registered medical practitioner.

  4. No return to play until cleared by a medical practitioner.

  5. Recommend you use our CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE PROFORMA (click here) to guide return to play in collaboration with your medical practitioner.

KEY POINTS

  1. If concussion confirmed rest is recommended for 24-48 hours.
  2. Initially undertake symptom limited activity aimed at return to school/life (no sport).
  3. Grade the return to physical activity to full training – must have no symptoms – see the management guidelines form the AFL.
  4. Full contact return after clearance – DAY 12 at the earliest (recovery varies, children recover slower, if there is a history of recurrence be more conservative).

LINKS

  1. Headcheck App. Or download it from the App Store by clicking here.
  2. Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT).
  3. Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5).
  4. AFL Community Concussion Guidelines 2021.
  5. Dr Anik Shawdon Concussion lecture PDF (soon to come).

Local General Practitioners Recommended for Concussion Management:

  • Dr Rod Trevena –  New St Medical Clinic, 393 New Street, Brighton. Ph: 95959777
  • Dr Jason Lam – Bluff Rd Medical Centre, 328 Bluff Road, Sandringham. Ph: 95986244

practitioners

Raymond Chan

Physiotherapist

Ray is a physiotherapist having graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy. He has been extensively involved in sports coverage in elite AFL, Soccer and basketball with the Eastern Ranges NAB league women’s teams, Melbourne City & Heidelberg United FC and the Victorian U18 Basketball Team.

Ray takes part in middle distance running and is a member of Box Hill Athletics Club and also is a keen road cyclist. Through his experience in sports as well as sports coverage he has developed a special interest in sporting injury in the endurance athlete, as well as their prevention through evidence based strength & rehabilitation. Away from physiotherapy Ray enjoys videography and languages.

Matthew Wirdnam

Physiotherapist & Researcher

Matt graduated with a High Distinction from Doctor of Physiotherapy. Since this time Matt has worked at Stanford University in the US with Women’s Soccer team, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field, and the Men’s Gymnastics team. On return to Australia Matt has worked in private practice and as the head Physiotherapist for Old Haileybury Women’s Football in the VAFA.
Matt is a researcher at the La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre and is currently involved in projects looking into knee health in runners.
Matt is inspired by his patients and colleagues and loves building long-term professional relationships. He enjoys riding and rock climbing.

Matt is also involved in research at The Australian Ballet where he is completing his Masters of Applied Science.

Michael McCloskey

Physiotherapist

Michael is a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and CLINICAL PILATES PRACTITIONER and a director of Physiosports Brighton. Michael graduated from Latrobe University in 2002. He has extensive experience in private practice, working both in Australia and the United Kingdom, with a special interest in sporting injuries.

Michael was employed by and travelled with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in the elite English Premier League, as well as being a Physiotherapist for the Australian Masters Games Hockey. He has been a player and Physiotherapist with the Old Mentonians Football Club and is currently a team physiotherapist for Old Brighton Grammarians in the VAFA.

Michael has a special interest in the prevention of sporting injury, as well as the management of lower back and pelvic dysfunction.

Natasha Sneddon

Physiotherapist

Natasha Sneddon is part of our Pursue Health team and is a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and CLINICAL PILATES INSTRUCTOR who graduated from Monash University with First Class Honours. She has recently completed her Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 and plans to continue working towards her Sports Physiotherapy Masters. She represented Australia as a Rhythmic Gymnast for a number of years after which she developed a passion for Pilates and S&C. Natasha has been working in AFL Football for a number of years and more recently was appointed Head Physiotherapist for the Old Mentone Football Club and Old Brighton Grammarian’s Women’s team. She also works closely with multiple triathlon squads, delivering private and group based training programs to these athletes.

Natasha has a passion for coaching group based Physiotherapy exercise programs. She currently runs specialised AFL specific exercise programs for multiple football clubs, both online and face to face. She is also qualified in presenting the world leading GLA:D Training program for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis. She is one of five Physiotherapists at our practice that is currently delivering online classes, with a special interest in Kids/Teens programs and S&C. Outside of work, Natasha is a passionate runner and is currently sponsored by Nike as part of a training collaboration with Tempo Journal. She one day hopes to complete her first full marathon.

Paul Visentini

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (FACP)

Paul is a SPECIALIST SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST (FACP), one of only seven physiotherapists in Victoria with this clinical specialty, and a MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST TITLEHOLDER. He is a director of Physiosports Brighton and has been a practicing physiotherapist for 20 years.

Paul has provided services to the Melbourne Tigers NBL basketball team (1998-2005), Collegians Football Club (2001-), EPS, AFS, Mercury Multisport and Tr-Response triathlon squads, Southern Saints Netball Club (2009-), and the Brighton Grammar Boat Club (2002-).

He has been a clinical tutor in the Melbourne & Latrobe University Masters in Sports Physiotherapy courses, and a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport Patellar Tendon study group.

Paul has a special interest in the lower back/pelvis, overuse injuries of the lower limb, as well as the assessment of bike set-up and its relationship to injury.

Anthony Selby

Senior Physiotherapist

Anthony is an APA SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST who completed his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Since graduating in 2002 Anthony has worked in a variety of sports and clinical settings, working with multiple stage performances including 'Wicked' the musical. Anthony has been head physiotherapist locally for Parkdale Football Club in the VAFA and Southern United Hockey Club.

Anthony has a special interest in sporting injuries and injury prevention, in particular the pelvis, hip & groin, joint hypermobility and dance related injuries, including pre-pointe assessments.

Anthony uses his extensive experience to tailor individually specific approach to rehabilitation, self-management strategies and education, providing a pathway from acute injury to return to sport or function.

Steve Whytcross

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (FACP)

Steve is a SPECIALIST SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy) and a director of Physiosports Brighton. He graduated with honors from Melbourne University in 1999 and was awarded fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapy after completing his Specialisation exams in 2015.

Steve has worked extensively with elite athletes both in Australia and the United Kingdom predominately in soccer, tennis and athletics. He currently oversees the sports medicine programs for Old Brighton Grammarians and Caulfield Grammarians Football Club (VAFA).

Steve is passionate about advancing physiotherapy practice and is committed to providing the profession with access to the world’s leading clinicians and researchers. He has lectured widely to post-graduate physiotherapists and health professionals and has co-developed the Physiosports Mastering Load series and Science of Cycling courses, as well as, regularly facilitating symposia including Tendinopathy and management of the Adolescent athlete.

A keen golfer and cyclist, Steve has a special interest in the biomechanics of these sports and provides specialised bike set-up and golf assessments at Physiosports.

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