Akron Children's Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic treats athletes ages 12 and older. Read More...
Our concussion clinic uses the 20-minute, computerized ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program to assess and detect concussions.
ImPACT measures the brain's processing speed, memory and visual motor skills and is used widely in the NFL.
Athletes should take the ImPACT test before they suffer a concussion to establish a baseline measure of which to compare results after a concussion.
We also contract with a number of high schools to perform this service.
After an athlete's follow-up visit to our concussion clinic, parents receive checklists to track the frequency of symptoms relating to physical, behavioral, cognitive and language function, including:
These symptoms may last up to 2 weeks, or in about 10 percent of patients, they may persist 30 days or longer.
Patients also receive instructions about what physical and mental activities are allowed and a return-to-play protocol, beginning with no activity and moving through light aerobic exercises, sport-specific training, non-contact training drills, full-contact training drills, and finally, return to competition.
Coaches and teachers also receive letters about the athlete's head injury, what can be expected in the next few weeks, and what, if any, accommodations are required.
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