IMPACT CONCUSSION CENTER

CONCUSSION FACTS

  • A concussion is a brain injury.
  • It doesn’t take a major blow to the head to cause a concussion.
  • All concussions are serious.
  • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
  • Concussions can occur in any sport.
  • Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

SIGNS OF A CONCUSSION:

  • A dazed or stunned appearance
  • Confusion about the play
  • Clumsy movements
  • Slow responses to questions
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Retrograde amnesia (forgetting events prior to the hit)
  • Anterograde amnesia (forgetting events after the hit)
  • Loss of consciousness (even temporary)

WHEN TO SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION:

  • Headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Patient looks very drowsy or cannot be awakened
  • One pupil is larger than the other
  • Patient has convulsions or seizures
  • Inability to recognize people or places
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Increasing confusion, restlessness or agitation

ATHLETES MAY REPORT:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Cognitive changes
  • Feeling foggy

Hear from our patients

“Having the surgery was the best decision I ever made, sports-wise.” “It was really worth it.”

Read her story…

Taylor Darden
Taylor DardenMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

“I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I was standing there with full weight on both legs. I came to the hospital and both knees hurt. Now, there was no pain.”

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Patty Burnet
Patty BurnetMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

“Things are totally different now,” she says. “Before the surgery it was all doom and gloom; the anxiety and depression pain brings can just take over. But I’m enjoying being able to move again, to go hiking and hunting again and shopping with my daughters and grandchildren.”

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Tammy Swearingen
Tammy SwearingenMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

Contact Us

We’re located at Water’s Edge

511 Lone Pine Blvd, Ste #302

The Dalles, OR 97058

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Phone: 541.506.6500

Fax: 541.506.6501

Email: sportsmed@mcmc.net