at Abington Memorial Hospital's Neurosciences Institute
Support for School and Community Athletic Programs
The Pennsylvania Safety in Youth Sports Act took effect this year, and mandates that school athletes who have sustained concussions be further evaluated after receiving emergency care. Students who have sustained concussions cannot return to school and resume athletic activity until they are medically cleared.
Specialists at Abington Memorial Hospital’s Neurosciences Institute, in conjunction with the Trauma Program, have expertise in helping diagnose and treat athletes who have suffered head injuries. Our specialists include neurologists, neurosurgeons and sports medicine physicians. In addition, nurses who are trained in caring for trauma and neurologic patients are available to educate your school staff, including trainers and coaches, about recognizing traumatic head injuries. They will provide this training on site at your school.
Our Commitment to Athletes
After emergency care, patients referred to our concussion program will be seen within 48 hours for evaluation and testing. Abington Memorial Hospital has the latest technology and expertise for neurologic diagnosis and treatment. ImPACT testing (an on-line concussion baseline and follow-up testing model for concussion) is available if indicated.
Our highly qualified specialists will perform thorough evaluations of concussion patients using best practice standards. They will order and manage any necessary diagnostic testing, develop a treatment plan and provide follow-up care if needed before students return to their normal school and athletic activities. These physicians will monitor and follow up with these patients, and will provide the necessary written medical clearance for their return to the school and sports.
Recognizing Signs of Concussion
Education for Sports Professionals and Parents