Concussion

Our team treats concussions in people of all ages, resulting from all causes including head injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, falls and recreational or sports injuries. Many of our patients are referred to the program from emergency rooms or doctor’s offices, as well as high schools and colleges.

Integrated, Multidisciplinary Approach

Unique to Northeast Florida, our program provides an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat both children and adults with concussion. We specialize in individualizing care and creating a patient-centered treatment plan. We actively serve the community by collaborating with primary care physicians, pediatricians, sports medicine doctors, schools, coaches, athletic trainers and parents.

Our professional team includes:

  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Optometrists
  • School liaisons
  • Certified driving rehabilitation specialist
  • Psychologists

Our program has more than 70 clinicians specifically trained in post-concussion rehabilitation across several of our locations. Our team works together to address the whole patient and help you reach your goals including returning to sports, school and work using three evidenced-based protocols.

Return to Sport: Florida requires specific documentation to be signed by a physician prior to returning to sports after a concussion. Once symptoms have resolved, individuals needing to safely return to their sport will be taken through a Return to Sport protocol. This aspect of the program begins with an evaluation from a trained physical therapist, who will take you through a five-step protocol with drills specific to your sport.

This allows for assessment of the effects of exertion after a concussion, all while monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure and symptom provocation. You will be carefully progressed through the stages of the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) Protocol in collaboration with your physical therapist and certified athletic trainer.

Return to School: Following neuropsychological consultation, school recommendations may be made to support a gradual and safe return to learning in the classroom setting. The school liaison may also assist with the implementation of accommodations and support, as needed.

Return to Work: This protocol supports participation in modified work activities to avoid making post-concussion symptoms worse. Collaboration with you, your physician and your employer is encouraged in order to create an effective plan for workplace success.

Our goal is to help you return to your previous level of function after a concussion. If you think you or your loved one has a concussion, please schedule an appointment with our team by calling (904) 419-6101 or email BrooksConcussion@brooksrehab.org.