Childhood Concussion Center
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of violent shaking to the head. Concussions can occur with and without loss of consciousness. Symptoms can be divided into four categories, physical (headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, balance problems,); cognitive (disorientation, difficulty concentrating, feeling mentally foggy); emotional (irritability, nervousness, sadness/depression); sleep (drowsiness, trouble falling asleep, sleeping more than usual. Concussions are commonly seen in contact sports such as football, soccer, hockey, and other at-risk activities.
What we provide:
Diagnosis of concussion is made based on the clinical history and detailed neurological examination (symptoms).
Balance testing is performed and patients may be asked to perform ImPACT™ computerized testing during one of their evaluations.
ImPACT™ (Immediate Post–Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), is a sophisticated, research–based test battery that measures multiple cognitive areas – such as memory, visual spatial abilities, and information processing – which are significantly affected by mild traumatic brain injury. ImPACT™ was developed to help clinicians evaluate an individual's recovery following a concussion. This test is a diagnostic tool for sports–related injuries and general head injuries, and is particularly useful for student athletes. ImPACT™ tests are proctored when given in our office and are used in conjunction with a complete neurological assessment in the patient’s diagnosis and management.
Dr. Waran is a Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant (CIC). He has had ongoing training with Mark Lovell, PhD of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Waran offers both baseline and post-concussion testing to patients from 11 to 21 years of age. Dr. Waran was one of the program directors for the symposium on concussion management for pediatricians at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in November of 2013.
Dr. Trevor DeSouza is also fully trained and experienced in the diagnosis and management of concussions in children.