DR. KERSEY OF ST. VINCENT'S CONCUSSION INFO FOR IYHA
This is important information for all IYHA Parents/Players regarding concussions:
1. St. Vincent Sports Performance has agreed to sponsor complimentary baseline ImPACT testing. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. (For background information visit this link at http://impacttest.com/about/background)
Concussions are nothing to play with.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million concussions related to reaction and sports are estimated to occur in the United States each year.
Although Football and basketball, in particular contribute to the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, the physical nature of hockey make concussions a legitimate concern at all levels of the sport.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A CONCUSSION
After a hard hit to the head the athlete will have a signs and symptoms which may include:
The athlete must be promptly examined and not returned to practice or games.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION?
A concussion without prompt and proper treatment may result in a significant decrease in mental function, which can affect grade point average and how one feels. If not treated properly and a repeat concussion occurs, there is potential for permanent brain damage and ongoing symptoms. A physician who is familiar with sports concussions must examine the athlete before he or she returns to action.
Athletes that are not fully recovered from the initial injury are vulnerable to a second blow.
With that in mind, the best way to manage a concussion is to allow athletes to return to sporting activity only after they have been completely cleared from the first injury.
How is a Concussion treated?
Once a concussion is diagnosed, the athlete is not allowed to participate in practice or games, and other mental and physical activity is often limited. The athlete may only resume sports activity after a physician trained in the treatment of sports concussions confirms that the symptoms have resolved and that the baseline test has returned to normal. Depending on the severity of the concussion, resumption of activity may need to be gradual.
What is ImPACT?
Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computer-based test that objectively measures the function of the brain, focusing on attention, memory, processing speed and reaction time. Our certified ImPACT clinicians use this test to help determine when it is safe to play.
Who should have the test conducted and when?
We recommend that all athletes ages 12 and older take an ImPACT baseline test during the preseason. If an athlete suffers a concussion, the test is performed again to give the treating physician information on brain function for comparison and analysis.
It is imperative that an athlete seek medical attention for a concussion even if he or she has not taken a basline test prior to the start of athletic activity.
As Partners of the IYHA, Methodist Sports Medicine / The Orthopedic Specialists, strive to be on the cutting edge of sports injury management and prevention. That is whythey are proud to provide a team of physicians that are familar with the treatment of sports concussions, including two neurosurgeons dedicated to providing care for head injuries.
By comparing computer brain function tests of athletes prior to a concussion with the same test after a concussion, our physicians have the invaluable information needed to help more accurately treat the injury.
Our 100 percent fellowship-trained surgeons have the endorsement of the ImPACT Concussion Management test developers, and carry the distinction as clinicians certified in administering and interpreting ImPACT.
That means a greater chance of recovery for athletes at every level. And that’s precisely what we’re all about.
Where can I find more information on Concussion Management?
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Indiana Sports Concussion Network Hotline at 317.571.8233. For more details about the test itself and recent research, please visit www.impacttest.com.