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Concussion Management Program for Concussion Treatment

Approximately 75 percent of all head injuries are concussions, and the numbers are quickly growing. In the last decade alone, concussions increased 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19. While loss of consciousness can be a symptom of a concussion, it is associated with fewer than 20% of concussions. For every age, early diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial to long-term brain health.

2 weeks

The typical time it takes youth’s symptoms to resolve from a concussion

The Ochsner Concussion Management Program is the first and largest of its kind in the Gulf South dedicated to fast diagnosis and the best treatment available. Our group of board-certified physicians are specialists in concussion management with extensive training in sports medicine, sports neurology and traumatic brain injury. Patients can expect top-of-the-line assessments, immediate treatment, concussion education and ongoing services like serial assessments, counseling, return to play surveillance and cognitive therapy. At Ochsner, we’re committed to quickly and safely getting you back to your normal activities — whether that’s on the field or at a desk.

Why Ochsner Concussion Management Program?

Team of Experts

Doctors in the Ochsner Concussion Management Program have completed additional fellowship training in sports medicine, sports neurology, or traumatic brain injury, plus patients have access to an extensive network of pediatric specialists and other medical professionals.

Advanced Procedures

 Our program uses state-of-the art computerized assessments utilized in collegiate and professional sports to help measure cognitive function after a concussion. This along with other clinical tools help our physicians make the appropriate decisions regarding safe return to learn, return to work, and return to play. We are pushing the envelope and making sure that we keep ahead of the curve with the evolving technological landscape in concussion management.

Embedded in the Community

The Ochsner Concussion Management Program partners with more than 45 high schools, colleges and recreational sports leagues across the state, working with over 5,000 athletes to provide computerized baseline ImPACT neurocognitive testing and continued care.  Ochsner offers care for concussions at six Concussion Management Program locations across the greater New Orleans area.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Forgetfulness
  • Emotional lability (extreme emotions)
  • Changes in personality
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Balance issues
  • Sensitivity to light

Signs & Symptoms Observed of Patient

Symptoms Reported by Patient

Appears dazed or stunned

Headache or “pressure” in head

Is confused about assignment or position

Nausea or vomiting

Forgets sports plays

Balance problems or dizziness

Is unsure of game, score, or opponent 

Double or blurry vision

Moves clumsily 

Sensitivity to light 

Answers questions slowly 

Sensitivity to noise 

Loses consciousness (even briefly) 

Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

Shows behavior or personality

Concentration or memory problems changes

Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall 

Confusion 

Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Does not “feel right”

The Ochsner Concussion Management Program uses an innovative computerized neurocognitive test designed for athletes or individuals who are at risk for or have had a concussion. The program, called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), involves a computerized exam that each athlete takes prior to the athletic season. This baseline test is administered at a sponsoring facility or taken individually in the office.

ImPACT evaluates and documents multiple aspects of neurocognitive functioning, including:

  • Verbal and visual memory 
  • Brain processing speed
  • Reaction time
  • Post-concussive symptoms
  • Injury documentation system

If a person is believed to have suffered a concussion or head injury, the exam is retaken and the data can be compared to the baseline (initial) test. This information is then used as a tool to assist in determining the extent of the injury, monitor recovery, and aide in making safe return to play decisions. If an injury of this nature occurs, please contact the clinic regarding a post-injury evaluation and test.

Even if the athlete/patient has not had a baseline test, ImPACT testing can be performed after a blow to the head. The results, when compared to the norms for the patient's age group, are then used to aide in managing the athlete's recovery and eventual return to play.

To schedule an appointment for a pre-season baseline test or to be evaluated after a head injury, call 985-809-5800.

For more information on the ImPACT Management Program: impacttest.com

On June 29, 2011, the Louisiana State Senate passed the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act into law.
Louisiana is the 25th state to have a concussion law enacted, but the first state in the Deep South.

The Act states:

(1) Any player suspected of a concussion is removed from game or practice
(2) Player required to have written medical clearance from a medical professional, preferably trained in the management of concussion to return to practice and games
(3) Annual education and course completion requirement for public/private schools and recreational sports leagues/clubs

Read more on the new Louisiana law requiring high school football coaches increase their awareness of concussions.