Concussions don’t just happen on the football field. A mild bump or blow, even a hit to the body that causes the head to whiplash back and forth can result in a concussion. The medical profession considers a concussion a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. That said, the effects of a concussion can be serious with serious consequences. That’s why, when you “get your bell rung,” and experience some of the symptoms of concussion, it’s important that you’re examined by a medical professional to ensure that the injury is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of concussion:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • balance problems or dizziness
  • double or fuzzy vision
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • feeling sluggish
  • feeling “foggy”
  • change in sleep pattern
  • problems with concentration or memory

Most people who have suffered a concussion will recover completely in two to three weeks, given proper rest and a gradual return to activities. However, extra care must be taken during this period because experiencing a second concussion before the first has healed can result in serious complications, even death.

Student athletes — in fact, athletes of any age — must be wary of undetected injuries. One injury that can often go undetected, with serious consequences, is a concussion.

A concussion results from a blow to the head — “getting your bell rung.” Even a mild bump or blow can cause a concussion. And a second concussion before the first has healed can result in serious complications, even death. That’s why it’s so important that when a concussion occurs, the injury is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.

Although tests such as CT scans and MRIs cannot detect a concussion, ImPACT, a software program that measures an individual’s brain function, can. And Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance is the only facility in Michiana with credentialed ImPACT consultants.

With the ImPACT system, the athlete takes an initial test to establish a baseline of reaction times. If the individual suffers a head injury a second exam is administered in conjunction with a physical evaluation. The results of the test and the evaluation are used to determine when the athlete can safely return to play.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Concussion in Sports info from the CDC

Indiana Sports Concussion Network

Take the Baseline Test

You can also learn more by visiting the ImPACT Website


Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance was formed by joining the two leading providers serving North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. South Bend Orthopaedics (SBO) and Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) bring together the current seven office locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, LaPorte, Middlebury and Nappanee to form Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance.