DMC Concussion Management Program

The old saying goes, that when someone gets hit on the head, they see stars. But in real life, a head injury that leads to a concussion can be more serious. A concussion is a change in the way the brain functions that results from an injury to the head. Student athletes are particularly at risk of concussion, and it’s important to know what to do when your athlete sustains a head injury on the field. DMC Sports Medicine has created an individualized program for concussion management, tailored to treat sports concussions in young athletes.

Parents and coaches should contact a doctor immediately if an athlete is not acting normally, has lost consciousness for any amount of time, or if any other symptoms get worse or start up days or weeks later.

Concussion Symptoms

  • Blank stare
  • Dizziness
  • Responding slowly to questions
  • Unawareness of surroundings
  • Vomiting, even hours after the injury
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Stumbling when walking
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of consciousness, even if only for a few seconds

Who to contact:

The DMC Sports Medicine Outreach Manager can help get your young athlete in to see a DMC Sports Medicine Specialist for concussion management as soon as possible. Call anytime, 24/7, at (313) 910-9328.

Rest is the best way to care to initially treat a concussion and athletes should not be returned to their sport until symptoms have resolved and a doctor has cleared the athlete to participate in practice and games.

Concussion Management

DMC Sports Medicine can help with a concussion management program for your young athlete. Here’s an outline of how our concussion management specialists help your young athlete get back in the game.

Rehab Stage Functional Exercise at each stage of Rehabilitation Objective at each stage
1. No activity Complete physical and cognitive rest Recovery from concussion
2. Light aerobic exercise Walking, swimming, cycling, keeping intensity less than 70% of maximal predicted heart rate; no resistance training Increase heart rate
3. sport-specific exercise Skating drills in ice hockey, running drills in soccer, no head impact activities Add movement
4. non-contact training drills Progression to more complex training drills, such as: passing drills in football and ice hockey; may start progressive resistance training Exercise, coordination, and cognitive load
5. Full contact practice Following medical clearance, participate in normal training activities Restore athlete’s confidence and coaching staff assesses functional skills
6. Return to play Normal game play