Dylan Steigers was a Missoula Sentinel almumnus who tragically died on May 9, 2010 after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a spring football game at Eastern Oregon University. In Dylan’s honor, we have joined with his family to educate, test, and protect the Missoula Community. This project provides a resource for coaches, parents, and athletes to learn more about concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Healthcare Professionals, including the staff at Peak Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, use ImPACT Neurocognitive Concussion Testing to establish each athlete’s individual baseline mental ablilites prior to an injury. The baseline test measures and records an athlete’s short and long term memory, visual motor speed and reaction time.
In the event that an athlete experiences a concussion, the baseline test may be used to determine the degree of impairment suffered due to the injury. Another ImPACT Test would be performed after a suspected concussion to compare against the athlete’s baseline results. Along with ImPACT test administered, the injured individual would also undergo a series of related assessments such as balance, tolerance to physical activity, and eye tracking for further analysis of extent of concussion. ImPACT Testing results gives heathcare professionals another tool to treat concussions.
Given the inherent challenges in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing. Having each athlete take an ImPact Baseline test provides us wtih each athlete’s personal information to compare results to in the event of concussion.
The tests and their results are maintained on a secure server. Only Peak Performance’s Sports Medicine Staff and healthcare professionals approved by the athlete will have access to information. For more information or to schedule an ImPACT Test, please contact The Dylan Steigers Concussion Project at 406.541.3004.
Jill A. Olson, is a 5th generation Missoulian who has been keeping her thumb on the pulse of Missoula’s healthcare needs for over 30 years. She is a 1985 graduate from the University of Montana, Physical Therapy Program. She worked for over 8 years in neuro and rehab at Community Hospital and Saint Patrick’s Hospital which originally kindled her passion for rehab individuals with brain injury . Jill’s passion for sports medicine led her into private practice and she opened Peak Performance Physical Therapy in 1995.
2010 was a pivotal year for Jill and her dedication to keeping abreast of the Gold Standard with brain trauma. Dylan Steigers, a close friend of her children, died tragically from a fatal head injury sustained while playing football. 3 months later Jill’s daughter, Josilyn, suffered a stroke from an undiagnosed arterial venous malformation. The Olson family was suddenly immersed into the healthcare system as consumers instead of producers and this experience broadened Jill’s awareness of the needs of individual’s and family members with brain trauma.
Jill, her son Kjel Olson, (HPE teacher at Anderson School in Bozeman), and her team at Peak Performance Physical Therapy, teamed up with the Steigers Family and launched The Dylan Steigers Concussion Project (DSCP), in 2010. This non-profit organization, with the mission to Educate, Test, and Protect, has played a key role in Western Montana’s concussion management. They have provided ImPact baseline testing to over 4000 area athletes at low-cost or no cost, and they have helped manage over 350 concussions. The DSCP has provided numerous educational symposiums for area healthcare providers, teams, coaches and parents, and the DSCP has worked closely with other communities to replicate the concussion baseline testing and management programs in their respective communities.
Jill and her son, Kjel, are serving on the Governor’s Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council. Jill’s staff at Peak Performance Physical Therapy are highly skilled in concussion rehabilitation and are striving to attain the most comprehensive approach in achieving full, safe, and efficient return-to-school and return-to-sport programs. They employ advanced vestibular-ocular, dual tasking, manual therapy, exertion, balance training and sensory integration into their rehab approach.