Hospital for Special Care is proud to offer specialty concussion management services to our community.

Our concussion clinic is multi-disciplinary including physiatry, neuropsychology, speech and language pathology, physical and occupational therapy. Any person who has sustained an indirect or direct blow to the head is a candidate for an evaluation in the Concussion Clinic.

We provide athletes, families, physicians, athletic trainers, and coaches an individualized plan of care to enable the patient to recover from a concussion.

Our thorough medical, neuropsychological evaluation and therapy includes:

  • History of injury
  • Objective measurement of post-concussion symptoms
  • Specialized cognitive, sensory-motor, and behavioral evaluation and treatment, which may include:
    • ImPACT ® testing* and/or Cogstate Brain Injury Battery
    • Physical therapy evaluation and vestibular therapy
    • Speech therapy and cognitive rehabilitation
    • BITS TM (Bioness Integrated Therapy System), used to evaluate and improve abilities in individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries as well as improve performance in competitive athletes
    • Neuropsychological examination and rehabilitation counseling
  • Parent and family education regarding:
    • Monitoring of symptoms
    • Recovery from concussion
  • Medication management if needed for persistent symptoms
  • Return to play based on protocol guided decisions
  • Type and duration of activity restrictions or modifications based on evidence based practice

For an appointment call 860.827.4924, option 1.

Clinic hours of operation are Tuesdays from 1:00–4:00 pm.

The concussion team is also available as an educational resource to our community:

  • To discuss prevention strategies with athletic directors, coaches, student athletes, and parents.
  • To provide training sessions and workshops on concussions throughout the year. Dates and times will be available on our website.
  • Our neuropsychologist will provide weekly “Concussion and concussion recovery” educational sessions, a free service for patients and family members, at the HSC Outpatient Clinic. This presentation provides scientifically-supported information about cerebral concussion, post-concussion symptoms, and what to expect during the course of recovery.

What is a concussion?

A cerebral concussion is a disruption of brain function caused by trauma to the head. This includes the head being struck, the head striking an object, or undergoing acceleration / deceleration movement without trauma. A concussion is sometimes also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury.

What are the signs or symptoms of concussion?

Some of the immediate signs or symptoms of concussion can include:

  • loss of consciousness or alteration in mental status (e.g., feeling dazed, confused, or disoriented)
  • other changes in neurological functioning (e.g., visual disturbance, dizziness, and headache, loss of balance, weakness, nausea or vomiting), and / or loss of memory for events before or after the injury

Recovery

Recovery from a concussion varies. Most people recover completely from a concussion. However, a small percentage will continue to experience one or more symptoms that may persist for months and even years. During recovery, symptoms can interfere with academic performance and limit participation in other activities. We want to be your partner as you progress through the recovery process.

*Licensed from IMPACT APPLICATION, INC.

William Pesce, DO, Chief of Physiatry, is the Medical Director of the clinic.
Subramani Seetharama, MD, Physiatrist and Sports Medicine Specialist, is the clinic physician who has advanced training in concussion management and is a credentialed ImPACT® consultant.
Timothy Belliveau, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Neuropsychologist, evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults patients with neurological, medical and behavioral conditions including concussions and acquired brain injuries.