Sports Concussion Clinic
Every year, millions of children and adolescents experience sports-related concussions. A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. The effects can be serious and should be addressed promptly and correctly. Allowing adequate healing time following a concussion is crucial to recovery.
The Sports Concussion Clinic offers an integrated program combining a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation by a physician, the use of the ImPACT neurocognitive test, and individualized therapy and education plans to promote full recovery and ensure the athlete's safe, appropriate return to sports or classroom activities.
Approach To Care
Spaulding's clinical team works closely with the athlete's parents, coaches, athletic trainer, teachers, school nurse, guidance counselor and primary care physician to educate and facilitate his or her safe, gradual return to activity -- academics, sports, and work.
Our treatment plan may include:
Comprehensive Assessment of the Injured Athlete
- Complete history of the event, including immediate symptoms, symptom progression, concussion history and academic performance before and after the event.
Full Medical Exam
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Assessment
- Vestibular Assessment: balance, vision
- Cognitive Assessment: memory, attention, reaction time, processing
ImPACT Neurocognitive Testing
- Computerized evaluation system that provides an objective way to assess readiness to return to play and academics after concussion; interpreted by a specially trained physiatrist
- Providing baseline (pre-season) and post-injury testing
- As needed for headache, sleep or attention symptoms
- Therapists with expertise in treating concussions will incorporate appropriate exercise to improve activity tolerance without provoking concussive symptoms.
- Vestibular therapy to help with dizziness and visual problems as needed
Our team consists of specially trained physical therapists (occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists as needed) who work closely with the physiatrist to develop and implement each patient’s treatment plan. In addition, support staff are trained to administer ImPACT testing.
Physiatrist Andrew Judelson, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Judelson has an extensive background in exercise physiology and special interest in sports medicine. Since 2010, he has been actively involved in developing concussion management and community education on Cape Cod. He consults with area school systems on diagnosis and treatment of concussion in student athletes.