A concussion is a brain injury that is commonly caused by a bump or blow to the head. We see concussions from sports injuries and accidents. Concussions should be evaluated by a specialist who is trained to diagnose and manage disorders of the brain.
What is a Sports Neurologist?
Sports Neurologists are physicians specifically trained in the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions in athletes, including concussion. In addition to training in general neurology, Sports Neurologists have completed a fellowship focused on athlete brain and neurological health.
When Should You See a Sports Neurologist?
While we are happy to evaluate patients at any stage of the injury, we have found that seeing the athlete sooner is beneficial for all involved.
If you have a question regarding the appropriateness of a visit or referral, please call our office at 847-682-8463 for assistance.
What else do Sports Neurologists do?
Sports Neurologists are also trained to care for athletes in their natural environment. The importance of having a Sports Neurologist on the sideline is becoming rapidly apparent and IBJI Sports Neurology wants to help the athletic community by leveling the playing field regarding player safety. To learn more about sideline coverage, contact us today at 847-682-8463.
Sports Neurologists manage many other neurological conditions in athletes. Listed below are common conditions treated by IBJI Sports Neurology:
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Effects of Brain Trauma
- Anxiety or Depression
- Cognitive concerns (memory, attention, concentration, etc)
- Migraine and other Headaches
- Movement Disorders
- Sleep Problems
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Stingers or nerve injuries
Baseline Concussion Testing Available at IBJI
To help address head injuries occurring in youth sports, IBJI offers several options of pre-participation baseline screenings.
The easiest, most convenient test offered is the ImPACT baseline test, which can be scheduled and taken from the comfort of your own home through the IBJI Sports Access app.
- Headache or “pressure” in the head
- Nausea or repeated vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down.”
Signs Which May Be Observed
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Confusion about a task
- Forgets an instruction
- Unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slower than normal
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood, behavior, or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit
- Can’t recall events after hit
IBJI’s Elite Sports Medicine Physicians, All in One Place
IBJI’s Highland Park OrthoAccess immediate care clinic provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to see a sports medicine specialist the same day. Here, athletes receive expedited access to fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians, to help provide the care that athletes need to recover faster, and get back to the sports they love.