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Avera Brain & Spine Institute

Plaza 2
1301 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 322-7270

Avera Concussion Program

The Avera Concussion Program provides diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for athletes, and anyone who participates in activities in which concussions are possible. A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of violent shaking of the head. Without prompt attention, concussion patients may experience ongoing symptoms, brain damage, or even death.

Signs Observed

    • Appears to be dazed or stunned
    • Is confused about assignment
    • Forgets plays
    • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
    • Moves clumsily
    • Answers questions slowly
    • Loses consciousness
      (even temporarily)
    • Shows behavior or personality change
    • Forgets events prior to hit
      (retrograde Amenesia)
    • Forgets events after hit
      (anterograde Amnesia)

    Signs Reported by Athlete

      • Headache
      • Nausea
      • Balance problems or dizziness
      • Double or fuzzy vision
      • Sensitivity to light or noise
      • Feeling sluggish
      • Feeling "foggy"
      • Change in sleep pattern
      • Concentration or memory problems

      How We Can Help

      Avera concussion program assists athletic trainers, physicians, coaches, athletes and their families with the following:

      • Baseline & Concussion Testing
      • Return-to-Play decisions
      • Treatment of Post Concussion Syndrome
      • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation
      • Cognitive Rehabilitation
      • Counseling
      • Training & Workshops
      • Consultation
      • Balance and Dizziness Clinic

      The majority of athletes who suffer concussions recover well. Yet depending on need, rehabilitation is available as well as treatment for post concussion syndrome.


        If your child experiences any of these symptoms, please call 605-336-2140 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schimelpfenig, our pediatric sports medicine specialist.

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