VOMS is Da Bombs.
Two weeks ago, I attended the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition’s VOMS and BESS work shop. This was a nice low key way to get a few CEUs (the way I like them) and learn something new to me. The speakers, Andrew Rizza from Weston HS and Jessie Oldham from the Micheli Center were fantastic. I’m going to be honest, this was my first time training and learning about using the VOMS test. In case you’re new like me, I've included the provided descriptions.
Vestibular-Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS): The VOMS assesses five areas of the vestibular and ocular systems to be used in conjunction with balance assessments, neurocognitive testing and symptom inventory following a concussion.
I practiced watching and moving the tongue depressors with the AT sitting next to me and learned quickly that he was affiliated with our company and has done a good amount of work with us! (It’s so fun to surprisingly put names to faces, but also see a good ATs in action.) He was great and helped me get the hang of it by explaining everything he was doing as he would to his own patients. I was impressed. While I must admit, a few of these tests made me feel a little dizzy and nauseas (a result of my age and history of vertigo) I can see the value of performing these tests because they provide immediate feedback, can show the athletes that something is not right AND give parents valuable information to take to the physician.
It was also interesting learning more about the BESS test.
Balance Error Scoring System (BESS): The BESS consists of 3 tests lasting 20 seconds each, performed on a firm surface (grass, turf, court) and a piece of medium-density foam, all with the eyes closed, and