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Sports Concussion Management

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Comprehensive Care for Sports Concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur every year in the U.S. Each season, an estimated 10 percent of athletes in contact sports, such as football, hockey and soccer, will suffer a concussion.

Fortunately, most athletes with a sports concussion will recover very quickly. Some, however, will have a prolonged recovery with lingering physical, cognitive or behavioral difficulties. It's important that athletes who may have suffered a concussion get assessed and, if needed, treated promptly to aid in the recovery process.

WellSpan's Sports Medicine team includes experts at diagnosing and treating sports related concussion injuries. Non-sport related concussions are managed by either the primary care physician or, for more involved or long-standing treatment, they are referred to Neurology for management.

We also work closely with area schools to provide athletic trainers who can perform on-field brain injury assessments and manage return-to-play protocols at the direction of a sports medicine trained physician. This partnership delivers important resources and care to schools, students and the community to keep athletes healthy.


Conditions Treated


How We Can Help

WellSpan offers the following services to treat concussions:

Diagnostic Tools

Our physicians and therapists stay current on the latest concussion treatment to ensure that our patients get the best possible care. Providers at all levels are trained on taking appropriate histories, doing exams and utilizing assessment tools that help make an accurate diagnosis.

Preseason baseline assessments are performed for our local high school athletes and club sports programs. Post-injury testing performed at the school or by one of our providers can aid in the diagnosis of concussion.

Post-Concussion Management

We develop individual treatment plans based on assessment results and the needs of the individual. Most athletic injuries may need a brief period of modified rest, with frequent reassessments that allow for gradual return to activity and school. Patients with more complex concussions may need assessment by our concussion rehabilitation team. This experienced group identifies appropriate therapies and treatment to help athletes recover and return to play.

ImPACT

ImPACT is a neuropsychological assessment tool used to evaluate an athlete's pre-concussive and post-concussive performance. The web-based program provides information regarding the severity of injury and a standard for evaluating return to play.


Locations

Distances are estimated from zip code: 17401. Update zip code

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 2.4 mi.
2250 E. Market St.
York, PA 17402
(717) 812-6670

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 2.8 mi.
25 Monument Rd.
York, PA 17403
(717) 812-4090

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 2.9 mi.
2319 S. George St.
York, PA 17403
(717) 812-4090

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 16.5 mi.
207 Blooming Grove Rd.
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 812-7559

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Urgent Orthopedics

Distance: 16.5 mi.
207 Blooming Grove Rd.
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 812-7589

WellSpan Urgent Orthopedics

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 24.4 mi.
1400 South Forge Rd.
Palmyra, PA 17078
(717) 272-7971

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Sports Medicine

Distance: 29.2 mi.
4150 Barrett Blvd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 466-2451

WellSpan Sports Medicine

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 29.3 mi.
912 Russell Dr.
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 272-7971

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Orthopedics

Distance: 29.6 mi.
18 Deatrick Dr.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 339-2500

WellSpan Orthopedics

WellSpan Family & Sports Medicine - Cocalico

Distance: 39.0 mi.
30 W. Swartzville Rd.
Reinholds, PA 17569-9641
(717) 484-4347

WellSpan Family & Sports Medicine - Cocalico