Regardless of your age or athleticism, concussions can be a major health concern. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that’s typically the result of a blow to the head that causes your brain to move around or be jolted. When this occurs, your brain can become bruised and blood vessels and nerves can become damaged.
If you or your child is involved in sports or other physical activities, we recommend ImPACT assessments at Riverview Health. An ImPACT assessment is a baseline test used prior to receiving a concussion or after you’ve recovered from a previous concussion. It provides a baseline of your cognitive function or a comparison to see how much damage has been done if you do suffer a concussion.
Concussions may be difficult to initially identify, as they may not have any visible symptoms, aside from a bruise or cut on the head. Concussion symptoms also may not appear immediately, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on someone who has had a strong blow to the head.
Symptoms of a concussion you should watch for include:
If you or someone you’re with is experiencing concussion symptoms following a blow to the head, it’s important that you get medical attention as soon as possible. That’s where Riverview Health comes in. An ImPACT assessment goes above and beyond the standard memory test questions to help determine if you have a concussion.
ImPACT assessments are not available everywhere, as it requires a physician who is certified to interpret the results. Riverview Health is one of a few facilities in Indiana that provides this cutting-edge testing that uses a five-step process to check your neurocognitive health, including:
The baseline testing is completed before the athlete (child, collegiate or professional) starts his or her season so Riverview Health specialists can get the best possible idea of normal brain activity and patterns.
When you need a concussion assessment you can depend on, turn to Riverview Health. With concussion specialists located in Hamilton County, we’re not far from your school, home or playing field. Sign your athlete up for his or her baseline testing today by calling 317.776.7225.
Riverview Health diagnoses concussions through ImPACT assessments for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.