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.
“It was our first visit as new patient and our doctor listened to every detail I mentioned about my child. She also addressed to my concerns with care and patience.”
– Daniel A.
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.
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:
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.
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.