Sports Concussion Center
What is a concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain, generally caused by a blow to the head, which jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. A concussion changes how the brain normally functions. Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include: headache, nausea, fatigue, confusion or memory problems. However, sometimes these common symptoms may not be recognized until days or even weeks after the impact occurred.
While most people fully recover from the effects of a concussion, there can be serious, long-term health consequences – particularly among children and young adults. Immediate and proper diagnosis and care for a concussion are the keys to avoiding any long-term effects.
At Excelsior Orthopaedics, we are committed to keeping athletes in the game, safely, which is why we have created the Play Safe Program – the only one of its kind in WNY.
The Play Safe Program
The Play Safe Program is a comprehensive concussion management program, specifically designed for athletes ages 10 and above.
How it works
- Pre-season testing. Prior to the start of the season, participating organizations or individual athletes, age 10 and older, will take the ImPACT neurocognitive test to establish a baseline for reference in the event of a concussion. ImPACT is a 20-minute computer test that evaluates multiple aspects of brain function, including memory, processing speed, reaction time, and post-concussive symptoms. The results of this baseline test are stored on a secure data server and assessable by our Excelsior medical team as well as the athlete’s primary provider.
- Injury Sustained. When an athlete appears to have sustained a concussion, he or she is pulled from play and should contact the Excelsior concussion team immediately. Dr. Jason Matuszak and the Excelsior concussion team will perform an initial evaluation of the athlete to determine the appropriate treatment plan based on the athletes symptoms.
- Post-injury testing. The athlete then undergoes a post-injury ImPACT test and evaluation, the results are compared to the baseline test to aid the Excelsior medical team in determining the scope and magnitude of the concussion.
- Follow-up & Safe Return To Play. The Excelsior concussion team will provide the athlete with an individual follow-up plan that may include rest, gradual re-exertion, and reevaluation. The athlete continues with follow-up care until cleared by a medical professional for a safe return to play.
The Play Safe baseline testing tool was developed by ImPACT – our partner for this program, and the internationally recognized leader in the field of cognitive testing. For more information, visit: www.impacttest.com
Once the baseline test has been completed, the Play Safe program is all about the proper diagnosis and superior care for a sport-related concussion. Our team at the Sports Concussion Center at Excelsior Orthopaedics is uniquely qualified to provide athletes with this care.
The Excelsior Concussion team is led by Dr. Jason Matuszak, the first physician in WNY certified as an ImPACT consultant, and Dr. Todd Lorenc who assists with initial evaluations and treatment of patients who have suffered a concussion. Backed by a group of medical professionals, therapists and athletic trainers the Excelsior team is the expert in the management of sports-related concussions.
Play it Safe...Enroll your child today!
Get ahead of the game; enroll your child in the Play Safe program today. To schedule a baseline test for your child, just give us a call at 716-250-9999.
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