A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head, or because of the violent shaking of the head. Although most athletes who experience a concussion are likely to recover, a number of these individuals may experience chronic cognitive and neurobehavioral difficulties, especially if they suffer from recurrent injuries.

Access Sports’ concussion management team is led by Director of Concussion Management, Kevin D. Heaton, DO. Our team has the capabilities, resources and experience to successfully diagnose, treat and rehabilitate adults and children that have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

With one of the most comprehensive sports concussion management programs in New England, we maintain relationships with regional and national experts across multiple disciplines to ensure our protocol is always up-to-date and following national and international standards.

Our concussion specialty areas include:

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Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Signs Reported by Athlete

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Feeling “foggy”
  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Concentration or memory problems

Signs Observed by Others

  • Appears to be dazed or stunned
  • Confusion related to school assignments
  • Forgets plays
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even temporarily)
  • Shows behavior or personality change
  • Forgets events prior to hit (retrograde amnesia)
  • Forgets events after hit (anterograde amnesia)

Treatment Options

The most important treatment for a concussion is allowing the brain time to heal from the injury. However, concussion treatment is an individual process and will vary depending on severity of the injury.

Some treatment options may include:

  • Rest
  • Preventing re-injury
  • Limiting exposure to prescriptions, as well as drugs and alcohol
  • Taking a break from sports

It’s important to understand that a physician will need to perform a thorough medical evaluation to determine the extent of every brain injury.

 

Locations

Dover

19 Webb Place
Dover, NH 03820

Rochester

120 Washington Street Suite 101
Rochester, NH 03839

Portsmouth

155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 102
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Plaistow

13 Plaistow Road
Plaistow, NH 03865

Raymond

6 Freetown Road
Raymond, NH 03077

Exeter

1 Hampton Road
Exeter, NH 03833

19%

Estimate regarding the likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport experiencing a concussion per season.

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Understanding Concussions

Concussions can cause lifelong problems if not detected and managed properly and in a timely manner. If you have suffered from a traumatic head injury, make sure to see a qualified physician as soon as possible.

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Kevin D. Heaton, DO

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What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Common symptoms to be aware of include headache, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, confusion and fatigue. However, everyone can react to a concussion differently.

What do I do if I think I have a concussion?

If you suspect a concussion, visit a qualified specialist as soon as possible. Your physician will be able to determine the best return-to-play or return-to-work treatment plan so that you can get back to your normal routine.