Concussion Management in Central Connecticut

MidState Medical Center and Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network are pleased to offer concussion recovery services for school-aged athletes in its surrounding communities.

Subramani Seetharama, MD, physiatrist and sports medicine specialist, oversees concussion management services at MidState Medical Center. Any athlete who has sustained a blow to the head is a candidate for an evaluation in the Concussion Clinic. The comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • History of injury
  • Symptoms
  • Checklists of physical characteristics (sleep, cognition, risk factors)
  • Objective concussion test measurements
  • Follow-up action plan
  • Return-to-sports/play instructions
  • Referral to other specialists if indicated

Our specialized team is also available to discuss prevention strategies with athletic directors, coaches, student athletes and parents.

Offices for concussion management are located in Cheshire and Wallingford:

MidState Family Health Center
680 South Main Street, Cheshire
Monday evenings by appointment, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
203.694.8269

Pediatric Medicine of Wallingford
97 Barnes Road, Wallingford
Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
203.265.9890

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion:

  • Dazed or confused after your injury
  • Loss of consciousness (knocked out)
  • Memory loss before or after your injury
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Stumbling or clumsiness
  • Disorientation
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Headache
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Slurred Speech

The effects of a concussion can be serious.

What Causes a Concussion?

  • A direct blow or jolt to the head, face or neck
  • A fall, a tackle in a contact sport, assault, vehicle accident, walking or running into an obstacle, skateboarding, snowboarding, explo­sion
  • Most concussions can be prevented

Recovery

Recovery from concussion varies. Most peo­ple recover completely from a concussion. However, a small percentage will continue to experience one or more symptoms. Dur­ing recovery, symptoms can interfere with academic performance and limit participa­tion in other activities.

Back to School

Students may return to school immediately following a concussion. School staff should be aware of the following possible issues:

Physical

  • Physical and cognitive fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Headaches
  • Increased fatigue as the day and week progress

Academic

  • Decreased academic achievement
  • Restlessness or difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory issues (struggling to learn new information; forgetting instructions; appearing disorganized)
  • Slowed information processing
  • Difficulty understanding concepts

Behavioral

  • Changes in mood
  • Tendency to get upset or emotional easily
  • Social issues
  • Changes in attitude