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Treating Concussions in Minors

by jhopp on September 4, 2012

AAMC has opened the AAMC Concussion Program, designed to treat and screen for concussions in children and adolescents. Under the direction of Sarah Jamieson, M.D., the program will work with coaches, school officials, physicians, and parents to diagnose and successfully treat concussions in patients from 5 to 17 years old.

A team of multidisciplinary brain injury specialists including a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, neurologist, psychologist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, nurse practitioner and, if necessary, neurosurgeon will be on-hand to determine the best course of treatment if a concussion has been sustained.

The team will evaluate physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms and assess attention, memory, speed, and balance to determine if the child has suffered a concussion. After reviewing injury-related concerns with the family and patient, the team will determine if a concussion has occurred and when it’s safe for the child to return to play. The team will also utilize ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) in baseline and follow-up tests to determine the extent of the injury and recovery time.

The program is currently accepting new patients. For more information, call 443-481-1140.