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Sports Concussion

It’s important to recognize and treat concussion symptoms in athletes of all ages. Our Sports Concussion Program will schedule you fast to ensure you’re promptly assessed and treated after a serious traumatic event. 

In children, teens and young adults, it’s especially important to diagnose and treat sports concussions quickly, to ensure normal brain development and prevent the potential long-term effects of brain injury.  

Sports Rehabilitation - Concussion

Why treatment matters 

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury in which the brain crashes into the skull because of an impact. This can make the brain twist or stretch, disrupting the normal balance of chemicals in the brain and causing concussion symptoms and cognitive problems.
 

Signs of concussion 

Concussion can go unreported. About half of athletes don’t report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow, and fewer than 10% of sports-related concussions involve a loss of consciousness. 

The most reported post-concussion symptoms are headache and dizziness. Other symptoms include: 

  • Nausea/vomiting 
  • Fatigue 
  • Irritability 
  • Tearfulness/sadness 
  • Feeling slowed down 
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than usual) 
  • Feeling “foggy” 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Sensitivity to light or noise 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Poor memory/concentration

 

Your team 

Members of your treatment team have specialty training in concussions. They use leading-edge technology and techniques to assess and treat concussion symptoms for athletes of all ages and levels, from school-age children to elite competitors. 

You may work with several professionals during the evaluation and treatment of your sports concussion, including: 

  • Physiatrists 
  • Physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists 
  • Rehabilitation nurses 
  • Pain specialists 
  • Neuropsychologists and psychologists 
  • Assistive technology professionals 
  • Driver rehabilitation professionals 
  • Vocational rehabilitation professionals 

 

Our sports concussion team can work with coaches, trainers, teachers and employers to treat the symptoms of concussion and train athletes in a customized return-to-play program. 

Contact Us 
Phone: 616.840.PLAY (7529) 
Fax: 616.840.9693  

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