Summer 2007 Issue
|Carolina Sports Concussion Program
Introducing A New Arena Of Concussion Management
Preventing A More Serious Injury
Recognition and proper management of a concussion are crucial to avoiding additional serious injury. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the initial injury can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage and even death.
Results of the ImPACT test are compared to established norms that can be used to evaluate the recovery process of a concussed athlete. Ideally, an athlete should complete a baseline ImPACT test prior to the start of the athletic season to use for comparison. This baseline test allows for a more accurate assessment of an athlete’s condition after a concussion.
The baseline test takes about 30 minutes and can be completed online at www.ConcussionRecovery.com for a nominal fee.
Through monitoring and assessment of the neurocognitive tests, we can more accurately determine when an athlete has recovered from a concussion and is able to safely resume sports activities. If needed, on-site physical therapy services are also available.
ImPACT is a user-friendly computer-based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussion. It is currently the most widely utilized program of its kind in the world and is used by the NFL, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, the NHL, and more than 200 colleges and universities.
David R. Wiercisiewski, M.D., serves as Program Director of the Carolina Sports Concussion Program. He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, and the Brain Injury Association of America.
Appointments & Tests
Patient appointments for the Carolina Sports Concussion Program can be made by calling 704.831.HEAD (4323). Or go to www.concussionrecovery.com for more information. In addition to physical and cognitive evaluations, MRI and other imaging services are available on-site, if needed, to rule out structural injury to the skull or brain. Our goal is to work with parents, coaches, trainers and other medical professionals in helping to effectively manage concussions and ensure the safety of area athletes.
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