October 08, 2012
Over the past year injuries to professional sports stars like the NHL’s Sidney Crosby, NFL’s Colt McCoy and the untimely death of former NFL star Junior Seau have brought to light the seriousness and prevalence of head injury and concussion in athletics. In the U.S., the annual incidence of sports-related concussion is estimated at 300,000 and it is estimated that the likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport experiencing a concussion may be as high as 19 percent per season...Dominec Valentin, ATC, athletic director at Perth Amboy High School. “We are very grateful to the doctors and staff at Raritan Bay Medical Center for helping us to provide the best possible care for our high-impact student athletes. This program will help protect our athletes and bring peace of mind to our trainers, coaches and parents,” says Valentin. “Concussion is a common problem facing schools across the country. ‘When in doubt, sit them out’ has been our model when it comes to the possibility of concussion. Now we have a real tool to assess the players’ condition both before and after a possible concussion, so there is no gray area.”
Concussions are a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of the violent shaking of the head. “Although the majority of athletes who experience a concussion are likely to recover, an unknown number may experience chronic cognitive and neurobehavioral difficulties related to recurrent injury,” says Dr. Balar.
Among the symptoms experienced are chronic headaches, fatigue and difficulty sleeping, the complete set of symptoms is referred to as Post-Concussion Syndrome. Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing and was developed in the early 1990's by Drs...It is a computer-based test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. For more information about HMI or concussion related services call Nurse Navigator Clare Schuld at 732-324-4837. HMI’s sports medicine program provides comprehensive, high-quality and individualized orthopedic care for student, amateur and professional athletes of all ages.
The Human Motion Institute (HMI) at Raritan Bay Medical Center is an integrated team of orthopedic specialists consisting of surgeons, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and allied health professionals providing complete and comprehensive musculoskeletal healthcare. A wide variety of conditions are treated, including: