Sports Concussions

The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine specializes in treating sports-related concussions in young athletes. TSRHC also provides neurocognitive baseline and post-injury testing using the ImPACT™ test

Dr. Shane M. Miller, a Board Certified Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist, has been diagnosing and managing sports-related concussions in North Texas since 2009. In addition to seeing patients at the TSRHC Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, Dr. Miller serves on the Concussion Oversight Team for Frisco ISD and Irving ISD, has participated in creating multiple emergency response and action plans for surrounding schools and organizations, and has presented at numerous medical conferences at the local and national level on the topic of sports-related concussions.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that disrupts normal brain function. It is usually caused by a sudden blow to the head or body that causes the brain to shake, damaging cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. An athlete does not have to be knocked out or have memory loss to have suffered a concussion. In fact, most athletes who suffer a sports-related concussion do not lose consciousness.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs Observed by Others
The athlete may:

  • Appear dazed or stunned.
  • Be confused.
  • Forget plays.
  • Be unsure of game, score, or opponent.
  • Exhibit unsteadiness.
  • Move clumsily.
  • Answer questions slowly.
  • Lose consciousness.
  • Have memory loss.
  • Be more sleepy or tired than usual.
  • Seem sad, nervous, or anxious.
  • Be irritable, easily frustrated, or upset.
  • Have problems with academic performance.

Symptoms Reported by the Athlete
The athlete may complain of:

  • Headaches.
  • Concentration or memory problems.
  • Nausea.
  • Balance problems or dizziness.
  • Double or blurred vision.
  • Feelings of being “in a fog” or slowed down.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Confusion.
  • Just  “not feeling right” or “feeling down.”


How to Respond to a Potential Concussion

Any athlete who shows signs or symptoms of a concussion should be removed from play immediately. The athlete should not be allowed to return to any activity until evaluated by a health care professional with experience and training in diagnosis and management of concussions.

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