The Concussion Clinic

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump of blow to the head. Even a seemingly mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Some common symptoms include:

  • Somatic Symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, sensory irritability, neck pain, feeling of being “off,”, balance issues, fatigue
  • Mood Disruption: irritable, depressed, anxious, easily angered, wants to be left alone
  • Sleep Alteration: loss of productive sleep, difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, having frequent awakenings or excessive sleepiness
  • Cognitive Symptoms: fogginess, poor school performance, deterioration grades, difficulty getting along with others, memory changes, attention/concentration issues, impulsive

What should you do if you think your child has a concussion?

  • Seek medical attention right away
  • Keep your child out of play
  • Tell your child’s coach/teacher about any recent concussion

PREVENTION
  • Education/Resources
  • Speaking to schools, coaches, trainers and parents
  • Screenings for concussion prevention
  • Individual testing pre-concussion (Axon, Impact, CNVS)

EVALUATION
  • Neurocognitive testing
  • Comprehensive physical evaluation
  • Assessment for return to sport

TREATMENT
  • PHYSICAL: Headache, Dizziness, Photo/Phonosensitivity, Sleep Disturbance, Balance Disorder, Visual Changes, Sensory Defensiveness, Nausea/Vomiting
  • COGNITIVE: Fatigue, Foginess, Blunting or Change, Alertness, Altered Comprehension, School Failure, Difficulty Reading, Processing Delay, Just not Right, Forgetful/Poor Concentration/Memory Loss
  • EMOTIONAL: Anxiety, Emotional Lability, Anger, Change in Personality, ADD-like, Irritability

OPTIMIZATION
  • Comprehensive medical plan of care
  • Return to Play Plan of Care
  • Communication with parents, schools, therapists, trainers
  • Cognitive Strengthening Program

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