Children's Hospital of Wisconsin offers the only Concussion Clinic in the state for young athletes, up to age 22. Our pediatric sports medicine specialists evaluate children's injuries and offer guidance and education to ensure it's safe to return to regular activities.
Based on American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, we suggest a baseline concussion test for all young athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. Baseline concussion tests are given before a concussion happens. After an injury, another test is done. The results then can be compared to measure the athlete's brain function before and after the injury.
Children's Hospital uses ImPACTTM and Axon Sports computerized concussion evaluation tests, which are commonly used in organized high school sports, by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and by the National Football League.
These tests measure:
- Verbal and visual memory.
- Attention span.
- Brain processing speed.
- Reaction time.
If a child is injured with a concussion, a pediatric sports medicine specialist will evaluate him or her. This includes a complete review of the child's injuries and symptoms, along with a thorough physical exam. During each follow-up visit, we will evaluate the treatment plan and offer help with managing symptoms. We also will provide a timeline for returning to regular activities, such as school, driving, physical activity or sports.
Some children and adolescents also may need an MRI or to be seen by a pediatric neurologist or neuropsychologist. Our pediatric sports medicine specialists provide referrals as needed.
For more information, including patient family education videos, visit chw.org/sportsmedicine.