Concussions are one of the most common sports injuries. When recovery is prolonged, concussion requires expert diagnosis and treatment. Brain Health Center has developed a comprehensive sports-related concussion program for adolescent and young adult athletes.
- Comprehensive evaluation and management by a team of board-certified psychiatrists and neuropsychologists
- Cognitive testing to objectively gauge recovery
- Medication management, if needed.
- Referral to counseling or other specialists, if indicated.
- Return-to-competition protocols.
Dealing with a Concussion in the short-term
- Recognize that a concussion has occurred and be aware, and pay attention to how an athlete feels after being hit.
- Remove the athlete from training or competition immediately. It is dangerous to allow a symptomatic athlete to suffer another injury.
- Refer the athlete to a doctor promptly to ensure the athlete receives the correct treatment.
- In most cases, some level of physical and cognitive rest is required. Exerting too much can worsen symptoms and delay recovery.
Recognize the Signs of a Concussion
The most commonly reported signs and symptoms of a concussion are:
- Feeling Slowed Down
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Sensitivity to Light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Balance Problems
When these symptoms last for more than a few weeks, expert evaluation might be necessary to ensure optimal long-term recovery.
Athletes undergoing concussion treatment receive a personalized academic and athletic plan tailored to their individual needs.