- A concussion is a brain injury.
- It doesn’t take a major blow to the head to cause a concussion.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
Concussion Management at MCMC | OHSU Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
MCMC | OHSU Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center offers Gorge-area athletes local access to a comprehensive concussion management program.
Drs. Mark Cullen and John Schwartz have years of experience working with athletes, parents and coaches in organized sports as well as individuals who have sustained concussions and injuries from recreational activities.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion are not always immediately obvious. They can show up right after an injury or not appear until hours or days later. Proper treatment of concussions is critical, and the first step is recognition.
Recovery from a Concussion
At MCMC | OHSU Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, injured athletes are evaluated by a physician before receiving neuropsychological testing. The neuropsychological test used to evaluate cognitive function is called ImPACT. It is the leading concussion program used by over 500 Universities and 3000 High Schools.
Baseline ImPACT Testing
Through ImPACT concussion testing we are able to evaluate, document and measure various brain functions, including memory, processing speed, reaction time and symptoms. With proper medical care and neuropsychological testing, our physicians are able to determine when an athlete has recovered from a concussion and can safely return to school and sports.
Recovery from a concussion may take several days to weeks. Cognitive and physical rest is the key to recovery after a concussion. Staying home from school is frequently the best thing that can be done to speed up the recovery after a concussion.
Once the signs and symptoms of a concussion have resolved, a gradual progression back to activity can be initiated.