A concussion is a traumatic injury caused when the brain violently moves within the skull injuring brain cells. The experts at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offer educational programs and testing to manage a concussion should one occur. The best guideline is to note symptoms that worsen, and behaviors that seem to represent a change.
Safety First - If a Concussion Occurs
If you suspect your child has sustained a concussion, you should take the following steps:
- Remove your child from play.
- Ensure your child is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in concussion evaluation. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
- Phone ahead to the Emergency Department at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, (913) 541-6866, and bring your child in for assessment. (Withhold food or drink until after ED arrival.)
- Follow up with your primary care physician, pediatrician or a concussion specialist. To schedule post-injury testing, if ordered by your primary care physician or pediatrician, call (913) 541-3365.
- Keep your child out of play until he or she is released by a primary care physician or pediatrician to return to activity.
Seek medical attention immediately if you believe you feel or observe these symptoms:
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets daily tasks
- Is unsure of game, score or opponent
- Moves clumsily and/or answers slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior or after hit or fall
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Confusion or does not “feel right”
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
If you have any question or concern at all about the symptoms you are observing or experiencing, contact your family physician for instructions or seek medical attention at the closest emergency department. Otherwise, you can follow the instructions outlined below.
It is OK to:
- Use acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Use ice packs on head and neck as needed for comfort
- Eat a light diet
- Go to sleep
- Rest (no strenuous work or physical activity)
There is NO need to:
- Check eyes with a flashlight
- Wake up every hour
- Test reflexes
- Stay in bed
- Drink alcohol
- Drive while symptomatic
- Exercise or lift weights
- Take ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications unless directed by your doctor
To schedule an appointment, please call Betsy Kellerman, Concussion Manager, at 913-541-3365.
ImPACT™ Baseline Testing for Concussion Management
A concussion is a traumatic injury caused when the brain violently moves within the skull injuring brain cells. The experts at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offer educational programs and testing to treat concussions. We use ImPACT™, a neurocognitive test developed by the University of Pittsburgh Neurosciences Center. It is the most widely used test and currently the choice of the MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS and NFL.
ImPACT helps physicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following a concussion. In the preseason, each athlete is given a baseline test. Should a concussion occur, a follow-up test may be administered to see if results have changed from the baseline.
The concussion management program helps ensure a culture of “Safety First,” and is a significant part of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s commitment to student athletes.
The ImPACT testing provides physicians a comparison between baseline and post injury. This helps your doctor to diagnose and manage the concussion. It can also help your physician answer difficult questions about an athlete’s readiness to return to play.
Any child, age 10 and up, is eligible for testing, which is recommended every two years.
Baseline Testing and Injury Hotline
To make an appointment for Baseline Testing or for questions concerning an injury, call (913) 541-3365 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baseline testing takes about 45 minutes and will typically take place on the Overland Park Regional Medical Center campus. For more information about ImPACT testing, visit HCA Midwest Health or Impacttest.com.
Watch a video on concussions (via the CDC).