Is it a concussion? Is it safe to return to my usual activities? When can my child resume playing sports? While a concussion often results in a temporary change in functioning and most people have a good recovery, concussions still need to be taken seriously. WakeMed offers a variety of concussion services for both children and adults to help answer these questions.
Youth Sports Concussion Services
Children ages 11to 17 who have sustained a concussion and need medical clearance to return to school and sports (in compliance with the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act endorsed by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association) can be seen at WakeMed Youth Sports Concussion Services located at WakeMed Wake Forest Road Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.
WakeMed Outpatient Rehabilitation partners with Raleigh Neurology Associates, PA and WakeMed Physicians Practices Pediatrics to bring this important service to the community. For more information about WakeMed Youth Sports Concussion Services call 919-350-4340.
Goals of Service
- Diagnose concussion
- Provide follow-up care for patients with concussion
- Determine when it is safe for athletes to return to play
Criteria for Program Services
- Recent head trauma (within 2 weeks)
- Ages 11to17
- Need clearance to return to sports activities
Need baseline screening prior to participation in an organized sport. For young athletes involved in organized sports, having a baseline assessment before an injury occurs will help the physicians make a more accurate decision about when to safely return to play.
Our Youth Sports Concussion Services Team, which includes a pediatric neurologist, pediatrician, physical therapist, and speech therapist, provide the following services:
- History and neurological exam
- Balance and visual acuity testing
- Neurocognitive assessment using computerized testing (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, referred to as the ImPACT test)
Learn about WakeMed's Concussion Services for Adults.