Concussion Assesment and Return-to-Play Evaluations

Concussion Assesment and Return-to-Play Evaluations

Concussion-AssesmentOur Sports Medicine Physicians have extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of concussions. The latest guidelines regarding concussion management suggest that individuals should be treated by a multi-disciplinary team in order to achieve the best outcomes.

After you have had a concussion the first step towards recovery is physical and mental REST. Statistically, 85% of concussed patients get back to their baseline level of functioning in 2-3 weeks. However, you often need time away from your job, school and sports while your brain recovers from a mild traumatic injury. It is very important NOT to return to your sport while you still have concussion symptoms.

To ensure that you safely return to your sport or place of employment it is imperative to be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals with experience in managing concussions. The concussion assessment performed by our Sports Medicine Physicians include a full history with a review of concussive symptoms, neurological exam including balance and vestibular-ocular motor system testing and cognitive testing (SCAT5).

We also employ a computerized concussion assessment tool called ImPACT in the evaluation of our concussion patients. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test that allows us to determine how well your injured brain is functioning.

Due to the cost associated with the administration of the ImPACT assessment tool, there is a fee charged to every patient that is evaluated for a concussion. For patients that suffer a concussion in a motor vehicle accident, we may be able to recover this cost from the insurance company.

NOTE: The ImPACT tool is often NOT part of the assessment for sports-related concussions in patients under the age of 18 years so in these cases, no fee would be applied for these patients.

Visit the Links/Partners section of this website for some excellent resources regarding concussion diagnosis and management and visit the Patient Info section of this website for a Concussion Referral Form.