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Sport Concussion Program


Introduction

Annually, over 2.5 million athletes will sustain a concussion. This is an unavoidable risk that athletes take to compete in the sport they love. After an athlete sustains a concussion, coaches and training staff are often left to speculate about the player's safe return to competition. This type of injury management greatly increases the risk of the athlete experiencing a successive brain injury, even from light or no contact. This second concussion can be devastating, ending seasons, careers, and on rare occasions, can be fatal.

Previous management of these injuries relies on the subjective report of athletes to determine when it is safe to return to play. However, even if an athlete is symptom free, their brain may still be in a critical part of recovery. Simply stated, if an athlete's brain is still injured and they are returned to participation too soon, they are at an extremely elevated risk toward experiencing successive and more serious brain injuries.

The Sport Concussion Program utilizes objective technology that measures brain functioning to provide data driven decisions on when a brain has recovered and when it is safe to return to play.



Concussion Facts:
  • As many as 10-20% of athletes involved in contact sports will sustain a concussion each year.

  • Student athletes who sustain a concussion may require temporary accommodations in school while they are in recovery.

  • Only about 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness. Symptoms vary and may include loss of memory, dizziness, confusion, headaches, and nausea.

  • A concussion causes a wide array of symptoms due to metabolic changes in the brain that affect the entire organ not just one focal area.

  • The effects of a concussion are cumulative for athletes who return to play before a full recovery.



Our Program

The Sport Concussion Program at Marin Neuropsychology Center specializes in providing athletes, their parents, physicians and trainers with the tools necessary to manage recovery and facilitate a safe and confident return to play decision.

Our Program provides:

  • Objective, cutting edge, computer testing that provides data to determine the severity of an injury. This data is utilized in making decisions about safe return to activity.

  • Team based consultation that utilizes input from coaches, trainers, and doctors to provide care specific to each athletes individual needs.

  • Educational presentations to coaches, parents, and organizations to provide information about proper management of concussion injuries



How the program works

Athletes will undergo a brief, but thorough, neurocognitive evaluation using the ImPACT Concussion Testing Program. This testing is very sensitive and will provide data on baseline cognitive functioning. If the athlete sustains a concussion s/he would then be re-evaluated and monitored.

Athletes who are injured and who do not have baseline testing can still be monitored using testing norms. This process, utilizing sensitive and objective data, will allow us to accurately track the brain's recovery and better determine when it is safe to return to play.



Why this program is important

All NFL teams, Major League Soccer, over 1,500 high school and several college and pro teams have adopted the same testing and consultation protocol of our clinic. In fact, the NFL now requires all players to undergo baseline testing. The utilization of baseline and post injury neurocognitive testing is recommended as an integral component of sport concussion injury management by the Center for Disease Control and the International Symposium On Concussion In Sports.





I you like to schedule an appointment or have further questions, please contact our office at:
Marin Neuropsychology Center, Phone: 415-457-3451


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