A concussion is a brain injury that can be caused by a bump or blow to the head or from a fall or blow to the body which causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Headache and dizziness are the most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions. Concussions are serious and need your immediate attention.
Altru Health System partners with your local medical providers, athletes, parents, and schools to provide concussion education and management to keep athletes healthy and in the game.
Is It a Concussion
A concussion is a common injury, but is often difficult to diagnose. Altru Health System works with ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) computer-based screening to help healthcare professionals evaluate the recovery of student athletes following a concussion and ensure their safe return to play.
How does ImPACT work?
- A baseline test is completed.
- hen a concussion is suspected, a follow-up test is administered to see if results have changed from the baseline.
- This comparison helps to diagnose and manage the concussion.
- Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks, so clinicians can continue to track the student athlete's recovery.