Concussion Testing

Pediatric Associates of Austin -  - Pediatrician

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

The physicians at Pediatric Associates of Austin recommend specialized baseline testing prior to contact sports participation for children and young athletes in the Austin, TX area. In the event of an injury, initial concussion evaluation will be done at Pediatric Associates of Austin. If it is determined you have suffered a concussion, your provider will recommend an appointment at SportsSafe Concussion Clinic with a highly trained pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in concussion care.

Concussion Testing Q&A

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Concussion Appointments

Initial concussion evaluation will be done at Pediatric Associate of Austin. If it is determined you have suffered a concussion, your provider will recommend an appointment at SportsSafe Concussion Clinic.

SportsSafe Concussion Clinic (512) 814-1616 ext150 

http://www.sportssafect.com/

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull injuring the cells of the brain, called neurons. Any injury to the brain should be taken very seriously, even if the injury doesn’t result in loss of consciousness.

What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Some of the common symptoms of a concussion include headaches, dizziness, and confusion. Any injury to the head with concussive symptoms should be treated as a potential concussion. Loss of consciousness is not the only sign of a serious concussive injury, it only occurs in 10% of cases concussion symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • “Seeing stars”
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Light or noise sensitivity
  • Fatigue or fogginess
  • Neck pain
  • Visual changes
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Appearing or feeling dazed
  • Concentration and memory difficulty

How is a Concussion Diagnosed? What kinds of Tests Are Used?

The providers at SportsSafe gather a detailed medical history including several symptom checklists, perform complete neurological exams, and perform appropriate assessment tests. These tests assess the many areas a concussion can impact, such as cognition, balance, coordination, visual changes and more. The initial assessment appointment usually lasts for 60-90 minutes and results in a customized treatment plan to help the patient recover fully from the injury complete with information and instructions for symptom management. Patients are provided with letters for coaches and teachers to detail any academic or athletic accommodations as well as promote the importance of rest for optimal recovery.

Is Follow-Up Care Necessary?

Following an initial evaluation and diagnosis, follow-up appointments are encouraged to monitor the patient’s recovery. The provider will recheck any areas that had abnormal results during the initial evaluation to monitor recovery. Follow up appointments are typically 30-60 minutes long. In Texas, all athletes diagnosed with a concussion need be cleared by a medical provider to return to contact sports.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Each patient’s recovery is unique to his or her particular situation, mechanism of injury and past medical history. On average concussion recovery takes 26-28 days. The younger an athlete is the longer it can take to recover from a concussion. An athlete needs to be fully recovered before returning to any contact sport.  At your appointment your provider will explain in great detail the recovery process and when your athlete is cleared to return to sports.