Concussion Management and ImPact Testing

July 10, 2010  |   Posted by :   |   Services   |   0 Comment»

A concussion is a complex injury to the brain that can be caused by either a direct blow to the head or a traumatic injury to other areas of the body that causes an impulsive force through the head.  A concussion changes how your brain normally works and can occur in any sport.

Symptoms of a concussion are the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomitting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Sensitive to light or noises
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not feel right

If a person is suspected of having a concussion, they should be evaluated by a healthcare professional immediately to make sure there is not a more severe head injury such as an epidural hematoma or an intracranial bleed.  If a concussion is not treated appropriately and an athlete is allowed to play, that athlete is at risk for Second Impact Syndrome which could lead to death.

In Oklahoma a new state senate bill #1700 was passed stating that any athlete who is suspected with a concussion should be removed from competition at that time and may not participate until the athlete is licensed by a health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of a concussion.

Dr. Glaser has been managing concussions for over 5 years at least and has treated professional, college, high school, and grade school athletes with concussions.  Dr. Glaser uses ImPact Testing in his office to assist in the management of his athletes with concussions.  ImPact Testing is a computerized neuropsychological test that tests athletes’ memory, timing, word and picture matching, and symptoms.  Dr. Glaser gets a baseline test on his athletes at Bixby and then retests within 48 hours after an athlete gets a concussion.  After a concussion, Dr. Glaser works with the athlete’s athletic trainer to work the athlete over a stepwise approach through a period of a week to make sure the athlete can exert his or herself without any symptoms.  Then, Dr. Glaser has the athlete take another ImPact test before clearing the athlete to play.

Below are links for information on concussions:
ImPact Test Website
Patient concussion handout

CSOS ImPACT Testing handout

Tulsa World Article on ImPACT Testing

Bixby High School Video on ImPACT testing

Concussion Effects in the Classroom

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