A concussion is a brain injury caused by a sudden movement to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Not all concussions involve an impact to the head, and very few cause even momentary unconsciousness. Concussions are often associated with contact sports, but can also be associated with motor vehicle accidents, household and recreational falls, non-contact sports, and other activities. A concussion requires specialized and comprehensive medical evaluation. All concussions are serious injuries, but understanding and addressing the unique challenges of your injury is the key to a safe and successful rehabilitation experience. If left undiagnosed or improperly treated, even a mild concussion can result in longer term effects such as:
- Vision changes
- Dizziness and balance problems
- Poor Coordination
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Chronic headache
- Memory issues
- Poor attention span
- Slowed processing speeds
- Sleep disruption
- Change in normal emotional response
- Difficulty with speech and swallowing
Origami's Concussion Care Service begins with a thorough assessment conducted by an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals. An extensive battery of tests results in a uniquely developed set of educational, behavioral and, if needed, treatment recommendations. Our services are designed to help you better understand how to respond to, and recover from, your unique injury. Offering the region's broadest spectrum of brain injury rehabilitation services, Origami's holistic approach to rehabilitation prioritizes quality-of-life and return-to-independence.
Origami's Concussion Care Clinic is available by appointment. To learn more about our Concussion Care Service, please contact the Admissions Team at (517) 455-0264.
Michigan was the 39th state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. This law went into full effect on June 30, 2013.
The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.
The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.
The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity.
Source: Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
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