Designed to Prevent, Treat and Educate Families About Concussions
Kids and Concussions | A Roadmap to Recovery
The Concussion Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital utilizes the expertise of pediatric sports medicine specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, along with neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to best manage pediatric concussions.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC):
- Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years.
- During the last decade, ED visits for sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60%.
- Overall, the activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ED visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer.
You don’t have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, fewer than 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness.
The Dangers of Concussions
While a blow to the head may not always seem like a big deal at the time, concussion symptoms can develop immediately or up to 48 hours after the incident. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion is putting the child’s health at risk – in both the short and long term.
If recognized and treated properly, most children will recover fully from a single concussion. However, kids who sustain multiple concussions over a young sports career tend to take longer to recover each time and are more likely to experience prolonged post-concussion symptoms or cognitive impairment.
Resources for Providers and Families
Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine staff is available to come to meetings and provide information to parents, coaches, athletes, and educators on a variety of health/sport-related topics, including concussions.
Presentations are FREE and can be tailored to the specific needs of each group.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact us at (614) 355-6000.
Physician Practice Tool
Learn the symptoms, signs, management and return to play guidelines for concussions in children and adolescents.
Concussion Symptom Log
Have you been seen in concussion clinic and lost your symptom log?
New Program to Educate Teachers about Working with Students Post-Concussion
To arrange a consult in the Concussion Clinic, request an appointment online or call (614) 722-6200 (select option #3 and then option #4).
How you can prepare for your visit at the Sports Medicine clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
For your convenience, the Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic is available four days a week and at several Columbus and Central Ohio Locations.
(The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Concussion Clinic is also available to see concussion patients.)
Inside the Concussion Clinic
Neurocognitive (Concussion) Baseline Testing
Baseline neurocognitive tests evaluate the healthy athlete’s decision making ability, reaction time, attention and memory.
The Concussion Toolkit is a tool to educate parents, coaches, teachers and school administrators, along with the student-athletes themselves, about the signs, symptoms, treatment and management of concussions