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Concussion Management Program

All concussions are serious regardless of the cause whether as a result of community sports, interscholastic sports or physical education classes at school. Although 80% to 90% of concussions resolve in 7 to 10 days, the symptoms may last far longer. And in the case of children or adolescents, recovery time can be longer than the recovery time for an adult. If there is a history of concussion there is at greater risk for having another head injury, and a risk for suffering a second concussion 10 days after the initial injury.

A concussion is a complex process affecting the brain, and is induced by traumatic biochemical forces. It can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow elsewhere on the body which transmits force to the head. That is why it is so important to contact a Summa sports health care professional or emergency department as soon as possible if a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body has occurred, particularly if there are any signs or symptoms of concussion.

"It's more than just the collision," says Hollie Kozak, M.Ed., AT, Vice President, Summa Orthopedic Institute. "It's the fact that the head is jarred or twisted and the brain gets bounced around."

During the past 15 years, studies and research into concussions have greatly increased, according to Ben Burkam, D.O., a Summa sports medicine specialist. And, he says, the medical community has only scratched the surface.

"There is still a lot about concussions that we don't know," Dr. Berkam points out. "Research going on today will change the way we take care of concussions during the next 10 to 15 years."

Summa Center for Sports Health is taking a multi-prong approach with education and wants to empower parents, coaches, teachers and the community to be more aware about concussions and what they can do to keep student athletes safe. Our multi-prong approach includes:

Summa’s sports medicine physicians offer expert sports concussion care with same-day/next-day appointments for anyone 8 years and older. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 778-6627.