A concussion is a very important topic for health care providers, athletes, parents and administrative groups. The ACBSP promotes the highest standards of excellence and clinical competence for doctors of chiropractic who specialize in sports medicine and physical fitness. The ACBSP provides two tiers of certifications: the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) and the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). Each of these certifications utilizes a competency-based approach to concussion training and evaluation. The area of concussion management is based upon current literature and includes assessment of candidates knowledge.
The ACBSP Position Paper on Concussion is a valuable reference for any individual interested in the concussion. This position paper provides answers and recommendations regarding concussion management for ACBSP certified doctors of chiropractic, doctors of chiropractic, other medical professionals, parents, athletes and administrative groups.
Doctors of Chiropractic with current ACBSP certifications in sport (DACBSP and CCSP) are qualified to manage any concussed individual. Doctors of Chiropractic may be qualified to evaluate, diagnose and manage the concussed individual. The prerequisite management skills for a concussed athlete can be supported by additional education such as the ACBSP concussion registry. The terminal degree of the health care provider does not necessarily render the individual competent to evaluate and manage the concussed athlete. Mastery of the concussion specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate the correct pathways of care are the keys to successful management of the concussed individual.
The management of concussion in athletics is an area of sports medicine that is clearly in continued evolution. Several methods of evaluating and assessing concussion that were once considered standards of care are now defunct. The importance of arriving at correct clinical decisions regarding the assessment, management and return to play criteria of individuals who have sustained concussion remains one of the greatest challenges to sports medicine providers.
Dr. Grove is a DACBSP with advanced training in Concussion Management.