Concussion Management

ChoiceOne offers a variety of concussion management services from baseline testing to concussion diagnosis and Return to Play and Return to Learn programs.

Head impacts and concussions are one of the most common sports-related injuries. It is estimated that there will be 1.8 to 3.2 million concussions among children and adolescents this year. An annual assessment of your athlete’s brain health should be a routine part of their preventive healthcare as the brain is the most important organ in the body.

Our team of highly qualified healthcare providers use the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit to get an accurate assessment of your athlete’s brain health. When a suspected concussion or head injury occurs, the ClearEdge Toolkit is used for concussion assessment and evaluation to help guide our healthcare providers with appropriate treatment decisions for your athlete’s recovery. ChoiceOne also uses the ClearEdge Toolkit to help manage and monitor the Return to Learn and Return to Play protocols for your athlete, ensuring a safe re-entry back into the sport.

If the ChoiceOne clinical team determines that the concussion will need the care of a subspecialist, an appointment will be made with one of our trusted partners on your behalf.

What is a Concussion?

According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”

Common Concussion Symptoms

What is the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit?

ClearEdge is a toolkit with devices that assess balance and cognitive function, as well as collects your symptoms and injury history. Its devices are very sensitive to subtle changes in balance and cognitive efficiency- in other words, it will indicate if there has been a statistically significant functional change in your balance and/or cognition. The ClearEdge Toolkit offers baseline and post-event testing; allowing healthcare providers the ability to compare post-event tests with healthy baseline tests to assess brain health and help determine treatment and recovery recommendations.

How does the ClearEdge Toolkit work?

The ClearEdge tablet collects patient information, injury history, and symptoms. An Edge Sensor (wireless inertial measurement unit worn on the patient’s lower back) collects and transmits objective balance data to the tablet. Proprietary software analyzes and creates clinical reports for immediate review including both cognitive and balance activity.

How is the ClearEdge data used?

  • Detects and monitors cognitive indicators of brain disorders including concussions
  • Helps guide Return to Play decisions
  • Tracks cognitive function and balance over time
  • Provides HIPAA-compliant baseline reports for parents and healthcare providers

 

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IMPORTANT: If you believe your athlete has a concussion or head injury, please take them to a ChoiceOne Urgent Care center located in Dundalk, Phoenix, Rotunda or Severna Park. Concussion management services are only available at select ChoiceOne Urgent Care centers. We look forward to expanding these services to all ChoiceOne centers in the future.