Concussions can alter an athlete’s quality of life, and can even be life-threatening, without a fast and accurate diagnosis that guides treatment and return-to-play decisions.
Get a baseline concussion test* NOW, to help medical professionals better evaluate a head injury should one occur. For details, call the HFM Sports Concussion Clinic at 320-5241.
* Baseline concussion test is for ages 11 and older.
At HFM we know the risk is great: Each year, approximately 10-15 percent of athletes who participate in contact sports suffer a concussion. High school and younger athletes are particularly vulnerable. Recovery time from a sports concussion varies. No two concussions are alike, and each must be treated on an individual basis.
That’s why we started the HFM Sports Concussion Clinic ... to not only diagnose and treat student athletes who may have suffered a concussion, but to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the danger of concussions, and the importance of accurate diagnoses by a qualified healthcare professional.
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A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung, “ or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If you experience any symptoms of a concussion, seek medical attention right away.
Sports concussions are an elusive neurological disorder that are difficult to detect. Common tests such as a neurological examination, EEG, CT or MRI of the brain often miss detecting a concussion. Sophisticated computerized testing specifically designed for detecting the effects of sports concussion is considered the most sensitive and reliable testing to diagnose concussion and determining when an athlete has recovered from the concussion and can return to play.
The HFM Sports Concussion Clinic utilizes proven, state-of-the-art computer technology called ImPACT to make a more precise diagnosis. This software program was developed by specialists at the University of Pittsburgh and Henry Ford Health System to detect the presence of sports concussions. Learn more about ImPACT
- Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times
- Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
- The right equipment for the game, position or activity
- Worn correctly and fit well
- Used every time you play