We all know, or should know, that balance issues are a primary concern with concussions and post-concussion syndrome. Along with memory problems, balance disturbance is high on the predictor list for duration of symptoms ergo severity.
As an athletic trainer one of our primary tests, and “go-to” is the Rhomberg Test, or sobriety test as most may know it as. What is tested there is the gross balance and fine motor movements controlled by the brain and vestibular system of our ears. During a concussive episode the synapses (or messages being sent) between the neurons in the brain get disrupted, each individual will experience different durations. Using the knowledge that balance is commonly and most immediately affected by a concussion the Rhomberg provides great feedback.
During the Rhomberg the athlete is challenged with single leg balance, tandem walking, spatial awareness and other concentration efforts that would otherwise be very simple. These menial tasks become very difficult when you are concussed. Now imagine those small but difficult tasks and dizziness plaguing you on a daily basis days, weeks or even months after you have sustained a concussion.
Alsalaheen, Mucha, et al. provided a research study in which they Continue reading