Concussion Management / ImPACT Testing

At THINK Neurology, we will assess the domains most often impacted by a concussion including: reasoning, executive functioning, problem-solving, memory functioning, perceptual reasoning, and personality. Then we will formulate a plan for recovery based on these findings.

Children and teens are more likely to get a TBI, including concussion, and take longer to recover than adults. TBI symptoms may appear mild, but the injury can lead to significant life-long impairment affecting an individual’s memory, behavior, learning, and/or emotions. Appropriate diagnosis, management, and education are critical for helping young athletes with a TBI recover quickly and fully.

Did You Know?

  • Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years.
  • During the last decade, ED visits for sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60%.
  • Overall, the activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ED visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer.
  • National surveillance in 9 high school sports:
    • TBI represents almost 9% of all injuries reported in the 9 sports
    • Numbers and rates are highest in football (55,007; 0.47 per 1000 athlete exposures) and girl’s soccer (29,167; 0.36 per 1000 athlete exposures)
  • A national survey of all sports- and recreation-related injuries among all ages demonstrates that 31% occurred in a sports facility and 20% in a school facility

Causes and Risk Groups

  • Children from birth to 9 years commonly sustained injuries during playground activities or while bicycling.
  • 71.0% of all sports- and recreation-related TBI emergency department visits were among males.
  • 70.5% of sports- and recreation-related TBI emergency department visits were among persons aged 10-19 years.
  • For males aged 10-19 years, sports- and recreation-related TBIs occurred most often while playing football or bicycling.
  • Females aged 10-19 years sustained sports- and recreation-related TBIs most often while playing soccer or basketball or while bicycling.
 Impact | The Houston Institute of Neurology for Kids