Both Dr. Richard Fuller and Dr. Kristi Fuller have expertise and experience in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have sustained sports-related concussions. Through the use of neuropsychological tests which measure memory, attention, processing speed, and reaction time, they will work with your treating physician to determine when it is safe to return to physical activity and what academic accommodations may be needed during the period of recovery.

Are concussions common in sports?

  • 1 out of 10 high school athletes who participate in contact sports will sustain a concussion each season.
  • It is estimated that up to 20% of high school football players will sustain a concussion per season.
  • Younger athletes are at a higher risk for sustaining a concussion.

 What is a concussion?

  • A concussion occurs when there is a physical blow to the body or head causing an injury to your brain.
  • Shortly after a concussion, the athlete may experience many cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms.

 Concussion Signs and Symptoms:

  • Appears dazed or confused
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Personality/behavior change
  • Forgets information just prior to injury
  • Forgets information immediately after injury
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sounds
  • Feeling sluggish or foggy
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Memory and/or attention problems

 What should I do if my child sustains a concussion?

  • Immediately after a suspected concussion, your child should always be evaluated by a physician (MD or DO) in order to be medically cleared.
  • Depending on the severity of your child's injury and symptomatic presentation, your physician may order neuroimaging procedures (i.e, MRI or CT scans).
  • It is very important to rest when one is recovering from a concussion; however, children should try and continue with their academic schedule with accommodations and modifications as needed.
  • If your child's post-concussive symptoms are lasting more than 2 weeks and/or they are struggling at school, they should be evaluated by a pediatric neuropsychologist.
  • If your child has a history of multiple concussions, even if they are not currently symptomatic, they should be referred to a pediatric neuropsychologist or pediatric neurologist.

Once your child is no longer reporting post-concussive symptoms and they are able to engage in physical exertion without a return of symptoms, they may be cleared by their treating physician. However, please keep in mind that every concussion is different and every child is different, therefore following up with medical professionals is very important before returning any child to play.

Also keep in mind when returning to play that wearing proper protective equipment can decrease the likelihood and severity of concussions.