Athletes are vulnerable to concussion. The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center provides the best possible care for injured athletes of all ages and levels of play. Our team offers care at several locations in Middle Tennessee.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain works. Often concussions are caused by a blow to the head, but they can also happen when the head or upper body receives a violent shake. A concussion is a serious condition requiring evaluation and management by a team of medical experts trained in concussion management.
Vanderbilt has the only sports concussion clinic in Tennessee offering baseline testing for athletes ages 5 and older. The computerized neurocognitive test Pediatric ImPACT is for athletes ages 5-11. The original ImPACT test is used for athletes ages 12 and older. To schedule your baseline appointment, call (615) 875-8722 today.
We recommend athletes have a pre-season baseline test every 1-2 years, depending on their age.
Our program includes a balance assessment; individual neurologic history; and a computerized neurocognitive evaluation.
Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center works with teams, schools, physician groups and other organizations to provide:
If an athlete who has had baseline testing suffers a concussion, we use this date to measure the complexity of the injury, the brain systems affected and when it's safe to return to the sport.
ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test used to assess concussions. It influences how a concussion is treated. Sometimes, results of an ImPACT test are uncertain or unclear to the person administering the test. In these circumstances, the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center can review an ImPACT test.
For more information, to make an appointment or refer a patient, please call (615) 875-VSCC.
The Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Clinic at Vanderbilt assesses memory, language and thinking problems that can happen after a concussion. Using clinical and family interviews, a neurologic exam, neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging and lab work, the clinics psychiatrists, neurologists and neuropsychologists diagnose and offer needed care:
At Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Rehabilitation and Medical Fitness, we use a return-to-play (RTP) Protocol that tests athletes in stages while watching for symptoms. The RTP is customized for each athlete's needs.
The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center provides complete evaluation and treatment services for sports-related concussions in patients age 5 and older.
To schedule a patient for an appointment with one of our providers, please call (615) 875-8722, identify yourself as a healthcare provider and specify the age of the patient you are referring.
Please see our sports concussion guides: