Vestibular therapy is often prescribed for athletes who suffered a concussion and have symptoms preventing them from returning to school or sports. Since symptoms following concussions varies from person to person, our sports physical therapists do a personal assessment with each student-athlete.
After the evaluation, if needed, the sports physical therapist initiates vestibular therapy, which includes exercises to decrease dizziness, imbalance, headaches and neck pain.
Creating a return-to-play plan after concussions
As the athlete’s symptoms improve, the sports physical therapist begins to help the athlete identify:
- Appropriate exercise exertion levels which may shorten the recovery time following a concussion. Once symptom-free, the physical therapist starts and supervises a return-to-play program tailored to the athlete’s sport.
- Appropriate academic recommendations so the athlete can continue with their education while completing therapy.
Learn more about standard concussion treatment at Children's Mercy