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Concussion Center

Concussion Hotline

If you have an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion, call our Concussion Hotline at 607-762-3865 to get an appointment with the UHS Concussion Center.

The UHS Concussion Center provides a full spectrum of services aimed at managing your care from injury and diagnosis through rehabilitation to maximize timely return to learn and return to play. We have physicians in all of the most relevant specialties, including Sports Medicine, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Physiatry, and Neurosurgery, as well as Physical Therapists who are experienced in concussion management. You will also find UHS Physicians and Athletic Trainers who are trained in concussion management, working in area schools or on the sidelines at games. Together, we work hard to identify, rehabilitate, and return concussed athletes back to the field as soon as is safely possible.

In the past few years much of what we know and how we manage concussions has rapidly evolved. Now instead of “rest is best”, we employ a more active approach to help reduce symptoms and maximize recovery time. Our specialists are up to date on the latest concussion research and are ready to deliver best-practice care and treatment to our community.

Why Choose the UHS Concussion Center?

The UHS Concussion Center is by far the largest and most-advanced center for concussion management in the Southern Tier. We employ more athletic trainers and physical therapists with experience rehabilitating concussions than any other health system in the region. UHS is the only health system in the region that employs a full spectrum of doctors in relevant specialties including Sports Medicine, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Physiatry, and Neurosurgery. 

Why Do We Care About Concussions?

A concussion is an injury with potentially serious consequences if left untreated. Previously, concussions were thought of as having your “bell rung” and athletes were expected to shake it off to get back to play. We have known for over a decade that concussions can cause severe long-lasting symptoms. Evidence continues to support that the brain needs time and treatment to recover from this injury. Sustaining too many concussions or a second concussion while still recovering from the first can cause exponentially worsening symptoms. This can cause prolongation of recovery, academic and professional underachievement, depression and mental health problems, and increased susceptibility to future head injuries. Sustaining multiple persistent concussions has been implicated in several types of dementia, including Parkinson’s-associated dementia, Alzheimer’s dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Second impact syndrome is caused by sustaining a second hit to the head in the vulnerable period soon after a concussion and is a rare but tragic cause of severe brain injury and death in athletes.

All of these risks can be greatly reduced if people learn to recognize a concussion, speak up when they think they have experienced or witnessed a concussion, remove any individual with a suspected concussion from play immediately, and seek appropriate medical treatment. Our sports medicine experts at the UHS Concussion Center provide concussion diagnosis and treatments that can help injured patients recover safely.

When Should I Suspect a Concussion?

A concussion should be suspected if there has been both:
  • A blow to, or sudden whiplash injury of, the head

                   AND

  • Any of the following symptoms:
    • Headache
    • Dizziness or poor balance
    • Sensitivity to light or noise
    • Blurry vision
    • Feeling in a fog
    • Feeling generally not right
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Drowsiness
    • Trouble concentrating or remembering
    • Irritability or emotionality
    • Fatigue
    • Confusion
    • Sadness
    • Nervousness or anxiety
    • Brief loss of consciousness

If an individual experiences a hit to the head coupled with any of the above symptoms, a concussion should be suspected and the individual should be removed from sports until evaluated by a provider trained in concussion care. As the potential harm of ignoring a concussion can be severe, the saying “If in doubt, sit them out” should be followed. The athlete should be evaluated by a medical professional prior to returning to sport.

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