Hi, I’m Sarah Cargill, founder of the Concussion Rehab Project™.
March 2015, I was rear ended on the highway on my way into work, which resulted in a minor traumatic brain injury (TBI). While I didn’t foresee it at the time, there was nothing minor about that injury.
As time passed, I saw some major gaps in concussion support, treatment and resources. Then, as I began to return to all my normal activities, one thing became clear: I wanted to design the resource that I didn’t have throughout recovery.
So, I created the Concussion Rehab Project.
In short, I’ve gathered, synthesized and organized the research and resources to go beyond what’s available today so you can get the answers and support you need — in one, easy place.
My wish is that the Concussion Rehab Project provides clarity, comfort and hope during an unknown, scary and trying time for others.
Concussion Rehab Project is here for you.
Concussions go underreported, under diagnosed and underestimated.
Concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often missed at the time of injury, going undiagnosed and untreated for days or weeks. Reports show that millions of people globally are affected by brain injuries each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), sports injuries, simple falls or more. Five to 10 percent of people with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) suffer for longer than one month, leading to increased disability, depression, mood disorders, risks of other diseases and more.
Resources today are limited, visually lacking and inaccessible to patients.
Leaders in concussion research present limited information around symptoms and treatment options on websites and digital resources that are not visually and verbally accessible to those suffering from PCS. This creates a major barrier in access to information and support.
Treatment advice today leaves patients disempowered and unsupported.
Many doctors today are still prescribing strict rest: no light, noise, music, reading, screens, exercise and the list goes on. This leaves patients alone, isolated and disengaged from their life, passions and happiness. Recent studies are pointing to gradual exercise, sleep and positivity to improve symptoms. However, these resources still fall short of supporting the whole patient — work, family, community, mental health and more.
Spotting the signs enables faster treatment.
If each individual understood the signs of a concussion, fewer cases would go underreported and under diagnosed. If access to information was more accessible, more would know where to turn and what to do in the event of a concussion diagnosis.
Concussion sufferers need information.
Concussion patients have many unanswered questions after diagnosis. The uncertainty leaves room for concern and fear. Research, information and practical resources in an accessible format can alleviate the stress of recovery.
Actionable plans empower recovery.
An actionable plan with the full spectrum of resources— exercises, supplements, coaching, tools — can empower sufferers in recovery. What’s more, storytelling and sharing can bring hope, courage and inspiration to a journey through rehab.