What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a bump or a blow to the head. Symptoms can show right after an injury or may not appear until days or weeks later. If your child reports any symptoms of a concussion or you notice one or more of the following signs, seek medical attention immediately.
- Confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Unsure of game, score or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Dizziness, light-headedness and a loss of balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in sleep patterns, especially waking up a lot at night
- Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
- Slower in thinking, acting and speaking
- Easily overwhelmed
- Decreased motivation
A comprehensive program
With the support of Union Hospital, the Cecil County Sports Medicine Association (CCSMA) offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment and management services for concussion and sports-related concussion. The CCSMA Concussion Management Program provides a continuum of care from injury through recovery and eventually a safe return to play. Student-athletes are seen by a board-certified physician, neurologist and/or sports medicine specialist with training in managing concussions.
A new component of the program is the provision of pre-sport computerized neurocognitive baseline assessments (ImPACT™) for athletes participating in contact sports. These assessments are facilitated through the Cecil County Public School System with the assistance of their Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs). If a concussion is suspected during the sport season, our team of local providers with expertise in sports medicine will utilize specific return to play guidelines to determine who might benefit from a repeat post injury test.
We can help
Our trained professionals provide education lectures to physicians, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, school nurses, and others regarding concussion management. Our Concussion Management Program team includes:
Jose Ma, MD – Family Practice
Brian De Muth, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon/Sports Medicine Specialist
Tariq Mahmood, MD – Neurologist
John Mulvey, MD – Family Practice
Janika Wallace, MD – Family Practice
Scott Collins, PA-C
Julia Nutter, MSN, RN, FNP-C
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (410) 392-7012.
Concussion Management Program