Concussion Program

Kevin D. Heaton, DOAt Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics we have one of the most comprehensive sports concussion management programs in New England.  Led by Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Kevin Heaton, we will carefully manage an athlete’s recovery following a concussion.  Dr. Heaton is specialty trained in concussion management and has significant experience in the treatment of concussions in athletes of all ages and skill levels.  Dr. Heaton’s concussion management protocol follows national and international standards.  He has relationships with regional and national experts across multiple disciplines to ensure that his concussion patients have access to the best care available.

If you (or your athlete) participate in contact or collision sports, the ImPACT™ test should be the first step in your season. ImPACT™ is a user-friendly, software-based test that doctors use as a tool to accurately evaluate recovery following a concussion. Fast, easy, and accurate: ImPACT™ puts the information that your doctor needs at his fingertips. With the help of a baseline evaluation, ImPACT™ lets our physicians make better recommendations for your player’s safe return to the game.

Click Below to Take the FREE* ImPACT Baseline Test Now!

*There is no fee to take the ImPACT Baseline Test through Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics for organizations or groups that we have established a previous relationship with. 

The ImPACT Test Requires a Customer Code for the Baseline Test.  The customer code has been provided to schools and organizations with an established relationship with Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics.  If you have misplaced or do not have the customer code email or call 603-775-7575.

Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is proud to have provided over 1,800 baseline ImPACT tests to the surrounding community over the past year.  ImPACT testing has been an important part of both concussion education outreach and optimizing post-injury management in our Concussion Clinic. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.  It provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools as part of determining safe return to play decisions.

If you have a school or organization who is interested in learning more or instituting ImPACT as part of a more comprehensive concussion program let us know. Please contact: for further details. For more information on the ImPACT test, click here.


Runner’s Alley Supports Concussion Program at Access Sports Medicine

Runner's Alley LogoExeter, NH – Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics would like to thank Runner’s Alley Portsmouth for their support of our sports concussion program.  Runner’s Alley donated three Polar Heart Rate Monitors which can be used by concussion patients as they work toward a return to play.  A revolutionary treatment technique, sub-symptom threshold exercise training allows an athlete to participate in physical activity at a controlled level that will not exacerbate symptoms.  Studies have shown that this innovative method can help accelerate the recovery process over more conservative treatments involving complete rest.

Allowing an athlete to participate in some level of physical activity can stimulate both a physical and mental recovery.  The heart rate monitors donated by Runner’s Alley are being loaned out to patients free of charge for use during their recovery.

For more information about the Sports Concussion Program at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics or to make an appointment, call 603-775-7575 or visit


Plaistow, NH – Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics hosted Plaistow area parents, coaches and athletes for a free discussion on “Proper Management of Sport-Related Concussions”. The session was held on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30pm at the newly renovated Access Sports Medicine facility at 13 Plaistow Road in Plaistow.

Dr. Kevin Heaton, the Director of the Sports Concussion program at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, discussed the common signs and symptoms of a sport–related concussion. He explained ImPACT Baseline Testing as a first step in concussion management and the importance of immediate removal from play with a suspected head-injury. Dr. Heaton described the concussion management protocol at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, including the use of both physical and academic restrictions and the innovative methods that are being used to aid in an athlete’s recovery following a concussion. Christie Hudson, DPT was on-hand to talk about the importance of vestibular rehabilitation and a multi-disciplinary approach to concussion management. Representatives from the sports medicine program at Northeast Rehabilitation and athletic trainers from Timberlane High School were also in attendance to answer questions.


Manchester, NH – – The first annual NH Sports Concussion Expo was held on Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics participated in the event that was hosted by the New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute (NHNSI). This free concussion education program featured giveaways, raffles, sports celebrities, demonstrations and roundtable discussions about concussions and concussion management. One attendee walked away with $2,500 in sports safety equipment and free ImPACT testing for an entire team of his or her choice. Former New England Patriots player Steve Nelson shared stories along with legendary sports broadcaster Bob Lobel.

Coaches, parents, participants, athletic directors and athletes of all ages are encouraged to attend. Experts in the field of concussion management, Dr. Kevin Heaton of Access Sports Medicine and Dr. Adam Cugalj of the NH Neurospine Institute participated in a question and answer session on the dangers of concussions.  They also had the opportunity to talk about concussions with Patriot’s Legend Steve Nelson and Bob Lobel.

The event also promoted ImPACT baseline testing, which is a 20 minute neurocognitive test that has been scientifically validated to measure the effects of a sports-related concussion. ImPACT baseline testing is performed on athletes at the beginning of a season. In the case of a head injury, the athlete can take a post-injury test and the data will be used as a factor in managing the concussion to help determine when it is safe to return to play. Both Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics and the New Hampshire Neurospine Institute are Credentialed ImPACT Test Consultants.

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