Concussion Management Program
Dr. Kilpatrick received specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of concussion through the UPMC Sports Concussion Program. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head or other part of the body that causes the brain to move violently inside the skull. A loss of consciousness does NOT have to occur for a concussion diagnosis to be made.
When appropriate, our office utilizes the ImPACT computerized concussion evaluation system. Because concussions often produce measureable changes in brain function, ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) provides us with a clinically valid and reliable tool to evaluate neuro-cognitive function. It is used both as a baseline measure (pre-injury) as well as for post-injury assessment.
For more information on ImPACT please go to impacttest.com.
Safety in Youth Sports Act
In November 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into Pennsylvania law by Governor Tom Corbett. This piece of legislation is an important step to the development of policies and standards designed to improve the care provided to student-athletes who have sustained a concussion or traumatic brain injury. This act also serves to educate youth coaches on the signs and symptoms of concussion and mandates that interscholastic coaches complete a Concussion Management Certification Course each school year. To review the overview of the law, please go to pamedsoc.org and for national information cdc.gov.
Patients who have suffered a concussion often experience difficulties with a full academic workload. Many of these patients will be provided academic accommodations in an effort to maintain their grades as they recover from their head injury. The BrainSTEPS program, created by the PA Dept. of Health in 2007, is designed to assist school districts in creating educational protocols for students following concussion/brain injury. For more information on BrainSTEPS please go to brainsteps.net.