Concussion visit volume
Why we measure it - It is important to diagnose and treat concussions accurately which reduces the risk of repeat injury and long-term problems.
What this means - Parents, athletes and coaches understand that a concussion is a serious injury. Research shows that doctors and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have better outcomes for treatments and procedures.
The graph shows a substantial increase in the number of patients seen for concussions in 2011. Our specialists provide outstanding care that helps patients return to their active lives. We help young people safely return to school, social activities and sports after a concussion.
About the data - The graph reflects the number of visits to our Sports Medicine or Concussion Clinic since 2008-2011.
Related dimensions of care:
- Our pediatric and adolescent Sports Medicine Program opened the Concussion Clinic in late 2008. It is Wisconsin's only concussion clinic that is focused entirely on caring for young athletes.
- We are currently using two computer-based baseline tests, the Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT) and the ImPACT™ test to gather pre-injury information on athletes at risk for concussions. The Axon Sports test takes approximately 8-10 minutes and the ImPACT™ test takes about 20-30 minutes. Each test helps the doctors understand how severe a concussion is by comparing before and after injury testing. Written testing also is done to learn more about a patient's memory and thinking abilities.
Kevin Walter, MD
is the program director of pediatric and adolescent sports medicine. He is a national expert in the care of patients after a concussion. He co-wrote "Sports-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents,"
a September 2010 article in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also partnered with neuropsychologist, Jennifer Apps, Ph.D., to edit a new book, "Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion: Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes." The book was published in the fall of 2011.