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At Summit Health, our team of healthcare professionals is here to make sure every patient gets the proper treatment. With specialized expertise in concussion management, our program utilizes baseline tools to monitor patients and to personalize care plans so they are able to safely return to daily activities.

By following baseline testing protocol using ImPACT technology, evaluating the injury, and following up with needed rest and therapy, our program ensures students are safely returning to the activities they love, without risk of further injury or complication.

We offer baseline concussion testing at our Urgent Care, Fastcare and Walk-in locations. Many students opt to take the test during a sports physical.

For Parents & Athletes

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury shakes the brain inside the skull.

While some experience obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury, others may not show any symptoms. It’s important to know that after a concussion the brain is more sensitive to damage. So while recovering, the athlete must avoid activities that might cause further damage.

In rare cases, concussions cause more serious problems. Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking.

Immediately Following a Suspected Concussion

  • The athlete should be removed from all sporting activities
  • An athletic trainer or healthcare provider should evaluate the injury
  • Contact Summit Health’s Concussion Management Program by calling (717) 267-7715

Summit Health’s Concussion Management Program

Since concussions can be very serious, it is crucial that a healthcare professional evaluates a student athlete following an injury where a concussion is suspected.

Summit Health’s Concussion Management Program will work with the athlete’s coach and trainers to make sure important information is being shared, and the student is properly recovered before returning to play. By following baseline testing protocol using ImPACT technology, evaluating the injury, and following up with needed rest and therapy, our program ensures students are safely returning to the activities they love, without risk of further injury or complication.

When to Call

Call our hotline, even after hours, anytime an injury involving a possible concussion occurs. Our trained professionals will make sure the athlete is following the correct protocol based on their specific symptoms and injury. Please call, (717) 267-7715.

For Coaches

Unlike other sports related injuries, the timeline for returning to full activity following a concussion can be challenging to predict. Full recovery can happen a few days or take several months. It is critical that athletes and their parents, alongside coaches and medical professionals adhere to the following protocol to ensure safe return to play.

Preseason Recommendations

Pre-participation baseline testing should be completed by an athletic trainer or healthcare professional. Parents, guardians, teachers, and coaches should all be educated on concussion signs & symptoms.

Immediately Following a Suspected Concussion

  • The athlete should be removed from all sporting activities
  • An athletic trainer or healthcare provider should evaluate the injury
  • Contact Summit Health’s Concussion Management Program by calling (717) 267-7715.

Immediate medical attention should be sought if the athlete has any of the following symptoms

  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Numbness, weakness, decreased coordination
  • Concussion, changes in vision, irritability
  • Vomiting, convulsions, or seizures
  • Decreasing mental status, inability to recognize people
  • Slurred speech or inability to speak

Post-Concussion Return to Play Progression

All athletes should be guided by a healthcare professional as they work towards returning to play. Summit Health’s Concussion Management Program will guide the athlete through the proper steps and protocols. It is critical all parties; athlete, parent, coach, and healthcare professional, are communicating openly and honestly about symptoms. If any symptoms return, the athlete should be reassessed by a healthcare professional.

  1. Symptom free for 24-hours
  2. Light aerobic activity
  3. Low-level sport-specific training with resistance
  4. Non-contact drills/high level sport performance training
  5. Full contact practice with medical clearance
  6. Return to competition with physician approval