A concussion is caused by a blow or a jolt to the head, neck or body. They are serious injuries that keep the brain from working normally. Whether brought on by of a fall, sports injury or other incident, concussions among children and young adults are on the rise nationally.
Concussions are serious injuries. We take a multidisciplinary approach to concussion care to help prevent, manage and treat concussions in patients of all ages.
Although there may be no visible signs for concussions, they can cause cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms, including:
- Declining academic performance or difficulties in school
- Disturbed sleep
However, even when the symptoms of a concussion disappear, the brain injury can have significant consequences in both the short and long term, including problems with memory and communication, personality changes and even death.
Return to normal activity
The concussion consortium at Marshall University includes orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists, primary care physicians, pediatricians, physical therapists, nutritionists, educators, chiropractors, exercise physiologists and athletic trainers who all work together to educate the region's athletic and academic communities on return-to-play and return-to-learn standards for concussions. Learn more about Pediatric Concussion Care.