ImPACT concussion screening
Community Health Network is pleased to participate and support a concussion management program utilizing the ImPACT concussion evaluation system. The testing allows a screening baseline and post-concussion assessment to better manage concussion for athletes of all ages. Learn more >>
To be evaluated for a concussion, please contact an ImPACT certified physician >>
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head. A concussion can also occur if the brain is “shaken” inside the skull without the head striking an object. If the head and body are traveling at a high enough speed and the head/body comes to an abrupt stop, the brain can be displaced or moved inside the skull with enough force to cause a concussion. After a head injury, if your child reports any of the following symptoms or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention for management of a possible concussion.
If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a sports game or practice, look for any of the following:
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of a game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
- Headache or “pressure” in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Does not “feel right”
- Remove the athlete from play.
- Look for signs and symptoms.
- Athletes should not be allowed to return to play.
- When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.
- Ensure that the athlete is evaluated right away by an appropriate health care professional.
- Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself.
- Record the following information:
- Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head
- Any loss of consciousness and if so, for how long
- Any memory loss immediately following the injury
- Any seizures immediately following the injury
- Number of previous concussions (if any)
- Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the CDC fact sheet on concussion.
- Athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluation for concussion.
- Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion.
*From CDC's HEADS UP program.