Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a scary injury, and with so many sports pushing the limits of what is humanly possible, you’ll probably be hearing this term more in the future.
In January 2013 Jack Severson sustained a TBI in a local slopestyle (ski) competition here in Park City while attempting a double back flip. He was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital with several broken ribs, pelvis, collarbone and a serious head injury.
It was a few very scary few days, but in an induced coma for the next week he finally opened his eyes and began his slow recovery. He endured several hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy while in the hospital, along with the process of re-training his brain to do the daily skills we all take for granted. He experienced lots of frustration and anger, and of course confusion. These symptoms slowly diminished and he was released from the hospital two weeks later and was able to come home and ease back into his daily life which included a few hours at school two days a week.
It has been a few months since the accident and we’re happy to say that he is doing very well. He has completed his outpatient physical therapy here at Alpine Sports Medicine, which focused on balance, building his strength back, and coordination. He was visiting two times per week and is still receiving speech therapy in Salt Lake City.
Jack is back in school full-time and doing some light physical activity. He actually just returned from a trip to Mexico! He has a full neurological exam coming up in June, at which point he could get clearance to start being the overly active teenager is was before the accident.
Some Words from Jack > “When I woke up at the hospital, at first I didn’t know what was happening. I did what I was told. I went to where I was supposed to go, but didn’t really understand why. I didn’t know what had happened for about two weeks after my ski accident. Now after my accident and on the road to recovery, I feel great! Working out at Alpine Sports Medicine has helped me regain my balance and get back in shape. My broken bones have healed and I am working on more complex coordination and balance issues. Thanks to all the people who have helped me at Alpine Sports Medicine.”
Alpine Sports Medicine is working in tandem with local concussion management and education organization, Think Head First, which is directed by Melinda Roalstad. ASM provides a tiered approach called, Return to Sport, in which athletes are monitored and treated as they rehabilitate. Each step of the way is closely monitored by Melinda at Think Head first, careful to not push the recovery to quickly. Interventions may include, but are not limited to:
- Manual Therapy Techniques (Soft Tissue Massage, etc.)
- Neuromuscular re-education (for muscle strength)
- Vestibular Rehab
- Therapeutic Exercise
A note to consider, the treatment of a concussion or TBI is vastly improved if an athlete has a Baseline Test on file. These test are quick, easy, and very affordable considering the piece of mind you get in knowing that the data can be accessed if there is an accident. Think Head First does open testing sessions often, typically at the Park City High School. If you’d like to schedule a private test, contact Karen HERE.