Post-Concussion Information and Instructions
Make sure to take your ENTIRE baseline report to the doctor, including these instructions and clinician instructions.
Post-concussion testing information
Having a copy of your report will allow your provider to administer a post-concussion test at no cost, but you will still be responsible for any fees charged by your clinician. You will receive the post-concussion report immediately. The test your child takes post-concussion will be very similar to the baseline test. The post-concussion test will be compared to your child’s baseline test.
Typically, athletes are not cleared to play unless their post-concussion test results are equal to or better than their baseline test results. Also, it is important to understand that sometimes an athlete might score better on the post-concussion test than the baseline test even when a concussion has occurred. If you suspect that you or your child has a concussion, you should see a physician.
What to do after possible concussion
You do not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion, making it hard to know if you have suffered one. Concussion symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last anywhere from a few hours to several months.
- Headache or dizziness that will not subside
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Blurred vision
- Balance problems
- Cognitive problems such as an inability to concentrate or remember (some patients complain of being slower or not thinking clearly)
- Mood problems such as being overly angry, anxious (nervous), sad, or depressed
- Changes in sleep patterns, (e.g., difficulty falling asleep, sleeping more or less than usual).
If you observe or suspect any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
The doctor will be able to gather information from the header of the report, log into the “Clinician Portal” associated with Concussion Vital Signs, and administer a post-concussion test at no cost. If the child scores worse on the post-concussion test, further attention by your doctor might be necessary. Your doctor will be able to assess the test results and other clinical information obtained during the workup to decide on appropriate care.
For post-concussion clinician information, click HERE.