Sports Injuries, Concussion Treatment, Testing and Education
Kids today are active, many with multiple sporting events year-round. As adults, we can't always keep kids safe from injuries, but we can be aware of how to prevent injuries and where to get help when you need it!
At Direct Urgent Care, our team of ED-Trained Clinicians are accustom to handling most common sports injuries, including concussions. On this page you will find services, testing, and information for Parents, Coaches and Players to help raise awareness on sports injury prevention and treatment.
Not sure? Give us a call at (510) 686-3621. We can help you decide the quickest way to get the care you need.
Sports Injury Urgent Care
- Baseline Concussion Testing (ImPACT Testing)
- Concussion Treatment and Re-entry Programs
- Sports Injury Urgent Care, Evaluation and Treatment
- Onsite X-Ray, Lab, and Pharmacy Services
- Sports Injury and Concussion Education
- No Appointments Necessary, Walk-Ins Welcome
- Major Insurance Accepted
Concussion Baseline Testing and Education
Concussions are the most common type of head injury with sports related injuries ranking as the most common head injury among youth. An estimated 2-4 Million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year. To care for and protect young athletes, we offer pre-injury baseline testing and post-injury concussion treatment and re-entry programs.
Concussion Baseline Tests
Baseline testing is a pre-season exam done to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function and is used as a ‘baseline’ normal to compare results from a post-injury test to confirm a concussion diagnosis and determine severity of injury. We use ImPACT testing (https://www.impacttest.com/) to capture baseline results (or pre-injury test), store these results in our database, and then compare these results to your post-injury exam if an athlete suspects a concussion.
Learn more about baseline tests on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/baseline_testing.html
Baseline Testing Visit= $40 dollars, available on a walk-in basis at any of our clinics. We offer a discounted rate of $25 for team sports. Please contact your coach for further details.
Post-Injury Visit= $75 + clinic visit fee. You can use your medical insurance for the clinic visit fee. available on a walk-in basis at any of our clinics.
Concussion and Sports Injury Education Workshops are available for Coaches, Parents, and Players on a request basis. Call 510-686-3621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule team sessions.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a blow to the head, neck or body that leads to symptoms such as headache, dizziness or confusion. Concussion is a result of microscopic injury to the brain, which in most cases, is not detected on brain scans.
A blow to the head, neck or body can cause the brain to move quickly back and forth inside the skull. Such injuries also can result in a rotational injury in which the brain twists, potentially causing shearing of the brain nerve fibers. It is not yet known exactly what happens to brain cells in a concussion, but changes in chemical function appear to be involved. As a result, this injury to the brain can lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms and puts extra demands on the body to recover.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
If the person is unconscious, vomiting or incoherent, Call 911 or proceed to the nearest Emergency Room. If you notice some of the signs below, come to Direct Urgent Care or call us at 510.844.4097. Symptoms of concussion usually fall into 4 categories.
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Tips for Getting Better
Concussion Rehab - Steps to Recovery
Each stage in concussion rehabilitation should last no less than 24 hours with a minimum of 5 days required to consider a full return to competition. If symptoms recur during the rehabilitation program, the athlete should stop immediately. Once asymptomatic after at least another 24 hours, the athlete should resume at the previous asymptomatic level and try to progress again. Athletes should contact their health care provider if symptoms recur. Any athlete with multiple concussions or prolonged symptoms may require a longer concussion-rehabilitation program, which is ideally created by a physician who is experienced in concussion management.
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Concussion Return to School/Play Protocol
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