From football and soccer fields to basketball courts, bicycle trails and playgrounds, U.S. children and teenagers suffer more than 173,200 concussions each year.
- Is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump or jolt to the head
- Usually occurs without loss of consciousness
- Needs quick evaluation of concussion signs and symptoms, prompt diagnosis and expert concussion treatment to prevent impairment or even death
The specialists in the Concussion Program at the Neurosciences Institute are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating concussion and other head injuries. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons and sports medicine physicians work closely with professionals in the Emergency Trauma Center at Jefferson Abington Hospital to provide rapid and sophisticated concussion treatment.
We have the expertise and technology to evaluate concussion patients according to the Pennsylvania Safety in Youth Sports Act. This law requires:
- All school athletes who have sustained concussion must be further evaluated after emergency care
- Athletes may not return to school and resume athletic activity until they have been medically cleared
After emergency care, patients referred for follow-up in our Concussion Program:
- Will be seen within 24 to 48 hours
- Receive evaluation and testing
- Diagnostic tests include ImPACT testing for concussion
- Are given an individualized concussion treatment plan
- Have additional care if needed
- Are monitored closely and given written clearance to return to school and sports when medically ready
To Refer an Athlete to the Concussion Program
Coaches, trainers or parents may refer an athlete for follow-up care with one of our concussion specialty physicians. Call 215-481-HEAD (4323). Appointments available within 24 to 48 hours.
Free Concussion Education for Coaches and Schools
We provide free educational sessions at schools on concussion and traumatic head injury. These sessions are available for school staff, trainers, coaches, athletes, students and parents. Call 215-481-HEAD (4323) for information, or with any questions or concerns about concussion.
For an appointment with a Neurosciences Institute specialist, call our Physician Referral Service, 215-481-MEDI (6334).