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Concussion Management

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain works. A concussion can be caused by a bump or blow to head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Symptoms can be immediate or may even take days or weeks to appear.

At Rush-Copley, we are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for athletes 10 and older. In preseason, an athlete takes a 30 minute baseline computer test which tracks neurocognitive function such as verbal and visual memory, attention span, brain processing speed, and reaction time. Later, if a concussion is suspected during the playing season, a follow-up test is administered to compare the results between the new test and the baseline.  This comparison helps to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so the doctor can continue to track the athlete’s recovery from the injury. This screening can can help answer difficult questions about an athlete’s readiness to return to play, protecting them from the potentially serious consequences of returning too soon. 

ImPACT® Evaluation

Rush-Copley uses ImPACT(Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to perform concussion testing.  It is an evaluation system developed to provide useful information to assist qualified practitioners in making sound return to play decisions following concussions.

Scheduling a baseline ImPACT test

Baseline ImPact tests can be scheduled alone or as and addition to a sports physical for $25. Baseline tests are not billable to insurance, so payment is requested at the time of service. All post-injury concussion testing will be billed to insurance. To schedule an appointment, call
630-236-4270.

About Deepak Patel, MD

Throughout his career Dr. Patel has served as the team physician for high schools, Division I universities and semiprofessional sports teams and is very skilled in evaluating, diagnosing and treating concussions. In fact, he has been invited to teach other doctors about concussions at the American Academy of Family Practice national meeting and the Rush-Copley Regional Trauma conference.

Concussion Symptoms

Signs observed by Parents

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows personality or behavioral changes

Symptoms Reported by Athletes

  • Headaches or the feeling of pressure in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Confusion
  • Feeling sluggish, foggy or just "not right"