What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally functions. Most concussions occur during practice or games in any sport, as well as from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth within the skull. A concussion can happen even if you haven’t lost consciousness.
Signs & Symptoms of Concussion
- Headache or “pressure” in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems, dizziness or light headiness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
- Neck pain
- Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
- Trouble learning
- Memory problems
- Easily distracted and/or confused
- Behavioral or personality changes
Our Sports Concussion Management Program
North Shore-LIJ Rehabilitation Network offers a comprehensive program in the evaluation and management of concussions. Our program is designed for people who have sustained a concussion and are over the age of 12.
The Sports Concussion Management Program will provide you with:
- A consultation by a North Shore-LIJ board certified physician with advanced training in concussion and brain injury. This can be a Neurologist, Orthopaedist and/or a Physiatrist (rehabilitation physician).
- Neurocognitive consultation:
– Post-injury neurocognitive assessment involving ImPACT computerized testing and/or a more extensive neuropsychological evaluation, as clinically indicated.
- Access to North Shore-LIJ Health System services such as rehabilitation, if needed.
- Return to play, guidance and support.
- A written report of findings and recommendations to your physician, trainer and school nurse, if applicaple.
Your Personal Team of Caring Professionals
Our specialized team of professionals provides the highest level of expertise and knowledge from years of experience and success. Your specialist will work with you to design a customized program fit specifically to your needs.
Our team of professionals includes:
Neurologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.
Physiatrists have the unique ability to focus on the whole person including
physical, cognitive, functional and psychosocial issues. Physiatrists are physicians trained in musculoskeletal and disabling conditions who are well positioned to manage concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Orthopaedists are physicians devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and
Neuropsychologists are specialty trained to assess and treat cognitive and/or
emotional difficulties that may occur following a concussion.
Physical Therapists are dedicated to working with patients to improve strength, mobility, function and return to full mobility and activity.
Occupational Therapists help to maximize independence through cognitive retraining through the performance of daily activities.
Speech Language Pathologists are specialty trained to improve communication and linguistic skills which may be effected by a concussion.
The Sports Concussion Management program has offices in both Nassau and Suffolk County. For a referral to the appropriate level of care, call (855) 510-5110.