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What to expect during your child’s concussion evaluation
At the initial evaluation, your child will meet with several members of our team. Your child’s concussion evaluation begins with a comprehensive history and medical exam with a licensed athletic trainer and a physician to confirm concussion diagnosis and evaluate for complications. This comprehensive evaluation can take 1 - 1.5 hours, so please plan for an extended time in the clinic. We will educate you and your child on the typical course of a concussion and the need for physical and mental rest. Together, we will discuss what to expect through the recovery process.
Your child’s team members
Every member of every team is important and has an essential part to play at certain stages of recovery. A multi-disciplinary team can provide multiple perspectives of the student/athlete and can provide multiple sources of data.
Communication and collaboration = TEAMWORK
Teamwork = the safest way to manage a concussion
- Family team: Who from the family will watch, monitor, and track the emotional and sleep/energy symptoms of the concussion and how will the family team communicate with the school and medical teams?
- School team: Who at the school will watch, monitor, and track the academic and emotional effects of the concussion?
- Sports/physical activity team: Who at the school/club will watch, monitor, and track the physical symptoms of the concussion once the medical team has cleared the child to start activity?
- Medical team: How will the medical team get information from all of the other teams?
To help ensure that we provide the best care for young athletes and families, Children's Hospital offers a special Concussion Line (from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). We will promptly answer your questions or concerns. A licensed athletic trainer monitors and answers the Concussion Line. You can leave messages at anytime. We'll quickly return your call.
Concussion awareness wallet card
Children's Hospital provides concussion awareness information to the community. Order our free concussion awareness wallet card.
What parents need to know about Wisconsin's concussion law. Read the story on our blog.