Concussions

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that affects its normal function. You can get a concussion from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move within the skull. Even a blow that seems minor may have serious implications.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Can’t remember events surrounding the injury
  • Irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep changes

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a concussion after receiving a hit to the head or other injury, you should report it to a parent, coach, athletic trainer, or other trusted adult. It is important to seek out evaluation and treatment from an experienced healthcare provider to help minimize lasting effects.

Concussion Care

  • Seek prompt evaluation by an athletic trainer, your primary care provider, or other qualified healthcare professional
  • Allow time for your brain to heal
  • No physical activity while symptoms are present
  • Limit screen time (computer, cell phone, television)
  • Avoid activities that require deep concentration while symptoms are present
  • Discuss return to regular physical and learning activities with your healthcare provider

Our Program

At Watertown Regional Medical Center, we are proud to offer a standardized, evidence basedconcussion protocol. Our team approach includes Licensed Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine providers and a Neurologist.  To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 920-206-6500.

Insurance Coverage

WRMC accepts most insurance coverage. Additionally, the WIAA has a HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Program, which provides primary or secondary zero deductible coverage for concussion assessment and treatment, as applicable. This ensures coverages with no co-pays, $0 deductibles, and no restrictions on specific providers. Please see your athletic trainer, coach, or athletic director for more information.