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A concussion, which is a mild form of a brain injury, can occur when you suffer a blow to the head, causing the brain to move inside the skull. The brain’s cells and fibers stretch and twist, which causes a disruption in brain function, including blood flow and the supply of oxygen and glucose. This disruption in the supply of vital elements is what causes the symptoms  of a concussion. Only 10 percent of concussions result in loss of consciousness; however, even a momentary loss of consciousness can indicate a concussion.

Prevention is a priority, which is why Houston Methodist’s concussion specialists work with the community to provide the necessary tools to implement the proper precautions and procedures, ensuring the safety of athletes at all levels. If a concussion is suspected, you should seek medical care immediately. Our state-of-the-art facilities are staffed by experts in the field with extensive years of experience with diagnosing concussions.


Diagnosing Concussions
When the head is hit, physicians will often diagnose a concussion with a physical exam, assessing memory, concentration, reaction time and thought process in regards to cognitive performance. Your physician may recommend brain imaging to determine the severity of the injury or if there is any bleeding or swelling in the skull and brain.

Educating Our Community about Concussions

  • Athletic Trainer Outreach: Our certified trainers are the farthest reaching in the state, working with more than 350 schools to educate coaches, students and parents about injury prevention and response, with a specific focus on concussion prevention. After assessing the needs of schools in the Greater Houston area for dedicated athletic trainers, Houston Methodist determined that our hundred-plus athletic trainers would be most effective if each one worked with multiple schools. This means that more schools than ever before (currently over 350 schools) have access to an athletic trainer whose job it is to immediately assess injuries like concussions and direct the injured player to the appropriate facility for the best possible care. Houston Methodist's far-reaching outreach athletic trainers work with the Houston Methodist Concussion Center's athletic trainer liaison to provide information about the center’s services, such as administering ImPACT Baseline Testing.
  • Clinical Research Study: Houston Methodist and General Electric (GE) have teamed up for a study to evaluate next-generation imaging technologies in an effort to improve our ability to diagnose concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Play Safe Clinics: In partnership with the Houston Texans and GE, Houston Methodist is proud to offer Play Safe Football Clinics in Houston area schools. These clinics highlight the importance of concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition. Register online for a clinic near you.

ImPACT Baseline Testing 
Houston Methodist’s concussion specialists offer ImPACT Base line Testing at a number of our locations or onsite for student athletes in the Greater Houston area . This test compares the behavior and reactions of the patient before and after a suspected concussion, providing a baseline for more accurate diagnoses.

Return to Play Protocol 
It is important not to return an athlete to play before they fully recover from a concussion. This is especially important for younger athletes in order to avoid the chance of suffering from a second concussion before the first has healed completely. Once the patient is symptom-free, we recommend a gradual, incremental approach prior to a return to play (RTP), which is a clinical protocol that ensures a full and safe recovery.

Schedule an Appointment 
Our concussion specialists are prepared to work with you to assess your condition and recommend an individualized plan of treatment. Call 713.441.8277 to schedule an appointment.