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A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that can be caused by a blow to the head or body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 3.8 million concussions related to sports and recreational activities occur every year in the U.S. As many as 50 percent of concussions can go undiagnosed, potentially leading to serious problems if not treated properly. Concussion signs and symptoms can include headache, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting or forgetfulness. Complications such as second-impact syndrome, depression or post-concussive syndrome (prolonged symptoms) can occur if a concussion is not recognized and treated properly.
Illinois High School Athletic Association (IHSA) rules, and an Illinois state law passed in 2011, require that every sports-related head injury be evaluated by a qualified medical professional prior to returning to the game.
The Loyola University Health System Sports Medicine Concussion Program focuses on the evaluation and treatment of sports-related concussion in athletes at all activity levels. We provide an individualized management plan that will get you back to your sport safely.
Our concussion program consists of a nationally known team of sports medicine physicians, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers who have many years of experience working with athletes of all levels. Because of this expertise, we have the skill to evaluate and treat any level of brain injury. Our team can provide:
- The ability to see your athlete within 48 hours
- Management of the injury at hand along with a personalized rehabilitation to ensure a safe return to your sport, job or studies
- Treatment protocols for prolonged concussion management
- Education programs on concussion for schools and community groups
- Primary Care Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapists
- Athletic Trainers
Contact us at our sports injury hotline (708) 216-GAME (4263) to make an appointment.
Contact us at (708) 327-1000 to make an appointment.