Brain and Spine Conditions - Neurology

Concussion Care

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Concussion

The Ascension Saint Thomas Howell Allen Clinic's Sports Concussion Program offers individualized and comprehensive management of concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a bump, blow or jolt to the head that changes normal brain functions. When the head experiences blunt-force trauma or is shaken violently, the brain impacts with the rough, bony surface of the inside of the skull. This creates tears and fissures in the brain cells. These tears can have major impact on thinking and movement, and can increase your chances of getting another concussion. Repeated concussions can cause lasting cognitive issues.

Concussion Symptoms

If you have recently had a blow to the head and experience any of the symptoms below, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Headache pain that increases or will not go away
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion / disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Problems concentrating or paying attention
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Disruption of balance / unsteadiness
  • Blurry / fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Stumbling / slowed movement
  • Sleepiness, difficulty waking up
  • Lack of energy
  • Irritability, restlessness, agitation or other uncharacteristic behavior
  • Pupil dilation in one eye

Impact Concussion Assessment

A concussion test is used to help find out if someone has suffered a concussion by assessing brain function after a head injury. At the Ascension Saint Thomas Howell Allen Clinic, Dr. Jason Hubbard and his medical staff offer individualized and comprehensive management of sports concussions. To begin your assessment, click the button below.

Begin Baseline Test