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.
- 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
- Shows behavior or personality change
- Forgets events prior to hit
- Forgets events after hit
Signs Reported by Athlete
- 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
- Training & Workshops
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.