Sports Concussion Detection and Treatment

Experts at Sports Concussion Detection and Treatment in Augusta, GA

Champion Orthopedics for Sports Concussion Injury Management and Safe Return to Play

The physicians at Champion Orthopedics offer the most comprehensive program in the area for sports concussion management. We are trained on the ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) system and offer baseline testing and ImPACT® training to educate athletes on concussion prevention. Using this scientifically validated system for prevention and management of sports concussions, we are able to better assess concussion injuries, with or without symptoms, and more appropriately manage safe recovery and return to play.

New Research Expands Testing for Sports Related Concussions

The Champion Orthopedics team takes sports related concussion management beyond neuro-cognitive testing. Our specialists have incorporated balance testing for a more complete concussion assessment. We use both subjective and measured balance testing to determine stability based on the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) developed by UNC’s Sports Medicine Research Lab. The combination of neuro-cognitive and balance testing lets our experts more completely assess injuries, both on the field at impact and as recovery progresses.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Sports Related Concussions

Sports related concussions are very serious and proper management is a necessity to reduce lasting effects. Signs and symptoms of concussions, and especially sports related impact concussions, may include:

  • Amnesia
  • Appearance of being dazed
  • Confusion
  • Clumsiness
  • Forgetting details of a game
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Sluggishness or fogginess
  • Sleep troubles

A concussion occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to shift within the skull, potentially causing bruising, nerve damage or damaged blood vessels. If a concussion is suspected, it is imperative that you are seen by a doctor. The concussion assessment may also include an MRI to get an image of the brain to confirm that the patient does not have a more serious injury.

Sports, driving, school and work should be avoided until the doctor confirms that it’s safe to return to your normal activities. Physical and mental rest is the most important component of recovery for a concussion, even if you are feeling better.

However, the best treatment for a concussion is prevention. Always make sure you or your child is wearing well fitted, proper safety equipment for their sport. If you have questions or concerns about the safe management of sports concussions, talk to your specialist at Champion Orthopedics by calling 706-210-7529 or 803-293-1160.