Sports Concussion Program
As the popularity of all sports, including contact and collision sports, has risen, so has the occurrences of injuries sustained by the athletes who participate in these physical rigorous activities. Broken bones and torn ligaments can be a serious threat to the health of our young competitors, but concussion can be a much more significant and often less recognized injury with a far more devastating and long-term effect. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that results in disruption of normal brain function. This injury most often occurs from a bump or shaking of the head through violent contact with the ground, an object or another individual.
A Concussed Brain
All concussions are serious injuries that can alter the way the brain functions. Most do not involve a loss of consciousness but can cause short-term neurological changes. The effects of concussions vary greatly among individuals, and many mild concussions are undiagnosed and unreported. Concussions can affect the athlete's schooling, work and social life, and can cause long-term issues which affect memory, mood, balance and sleep; and in the most severe cases, result in death. A concussion can occur even when the athlete is using protective headgear. Head injuries are never to be taken lightly, especially with our children, as their developing brains do not recover as quickly from concussions as those in adults.
The focus of the Human Motion Institute Sports Concussion Program is to educate and assist athletes, parents and coaches in the proper identification, testing and management of concussions. Utilizing advanced clinical skills, neurocognitive assessment tools, force plate technology and comprehensive services allows our specially trained medical staff to guide the recovery of the athlete following a concussion, providing a safe return to play, which is vital in helping to protect the future for our young athletes.
Dr. Eric Bohn, the HMI's Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, is a Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant with expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all types of sports concussions. Credentialing means that the physician has completed advanced education for the treatment and management of concussions. Download the HMI Sports Concussion Protocol here.
Indiana Total Therapy, our rehabilitation partner, provides ImPACT© cognitive baseline assessments at its outpatient facilities for athletes during convenient afternoon and evening hours.
Our expert staff is able to help manage the course of recovery from initial diagnosis to test administration, provide treatment planning, and provide written clearance to return to practice and play when it is deemed appropriate.
The Human Motion Institute Sports Concussion Program also offers the same state-of-the-art testing for an individual athlete, whose schools or athletic programs do not yet offer baseline concussion testing. Offered at highly affordable rates, we are able to administer our tests to individual athletes or on a group basis. Consultations, testing and evaluations are offered by appointment at our convenient therapy clinics. If a concussion is confirmed, we provide the same management resources offered to our partnering organizations to help prevent future injuries and ensure the best possible recovery for every athlete.
Partnering with Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an ever-increasing number of high school athletic programs across Indiana County, the HMI Sports Concussion Program provides a comprehensive program including baseline testing, post injury concussion testing and treatment for athletes at any age and level. For participating schools, our program provides neurocognitive testing software, education for parents, coaches and staff, and priority scheduling.