Concussion

ImPACT certified physicians

Community Health Network supports a concussion management program that uses the ImPACT concussion evaluation system. The testing allows a baseline and post-concussion assessment to better manage concussion for athletes of all ages.

Many Community physicians are specially trained to use and administer the ImPACT concussion evaluation system. If you are interested in having your student athlete take the ImPACT test or if your child has sustained a head injury and needs medical attention, please contact one of these doctors.

ImPACT Certified Physicians


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.

Signs of a 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

Symptoms of a concussion

  • 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
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”

Suspect a concussion?

  • 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.