A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by linear and/or rotational forces applied to the head. The majority of concussions typically resolve spontaneously within a period of 7-10 days. In 10-20% of individuals, however, the symptoms persist beyond 10 days and are termed post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effects of a supervised and structured four-week aerobic and balance exercise program on static balance measures in a sample of individuals with PCS. Statistically significant changes in velocity and length of centre of pressure during balancing tasks were observed in response to the exercise program. These improvements in balance and symptoms suggest that further research into the benefits of exercise based treatment for improving balance deficits associated with PCS is warranted.
McGeown, Joshua; Sanzo, Paolo; Zerpa, Carlos; Lees, Simon; and Niccoli, Sarah
"STATIC BALANCE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 165.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/165