Get aHead: Sports Concussions

According to Ben Bates’ mom, Becky, “Knowing what we know about concussions, it's been a constant worry of mine knowing that you can't sustain very many concussions without worrying about future lifelong implications. The concussion program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock was so easy to deal with... we had our answer the following day after he had the ImPACT™ test done."

According to Ben Bates’ mom, Becky, “Knowing what we know about concussions, it's been a constant worry of mine knowing that you can't sustain very many concussions without worrying about future lifelong implications. The concussion program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock was so easy to deal with… we had our answer the following day after he had the ImPACT™ test done."

Recent news reports have shown that sports concussions need to be taken seriously. Our specialized sports concussion program was built to help athletes assess a potential concussion and manage it so you can get back in the game safely. Our program is built on the internationally accepted guidelines of the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.

Proactive Baseline Testing and Post-Concussion Management

The two most important things to remember are that the condition is much more serious than just “getting your bell rung.” There are potentially life-threatening consequences. Second, do not return to playing a sport the same day as a suspected concussion – you could be at risk for post-concussion syndrome, which is deadly.

We offer baseline testing to have your “steady state” neurocognitive level on file in case of a future concussion. Also, we offer a full post-concussion management program including neurocognitive and balance testing and a graduated return-to-play protocol.  This system of care has been shown to be effective in getting athletes of all ages safely back up to “full throttle” after a concussion.

A Multi-Specialty Team Here for You

Our sports concussion team includes sports medicine, neurology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and balance specialists. This multi-specialty group provides the assistance you will need within a best practice timeline for a  sports concussion – usually about 24 hours following the injury. We’re here to help you monitor your symptoms over time and build a program to help you slowly work back up to your prior performance level, in a safe and effective manner.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the form to the right or contact the nearest Dartmouth-Hitchcock Orthopedics location..

Hear Ben Bates’ story about concussion testing.