Appropriate evaluation and treatment is the key to a safe outcome. The symptoms of a concussion can cause problems when the child returns to school, home or community activities. The concussion evaluation assesses possible cognitive, behavioral or physical symptoms to assist in planning during recovery.
During an evaluation, a child or adolescent will be given tests of attention, memory and speed. Test results are used to determine any needed interventions, as well as plan for return to school, sports, and other physical activities. Often children or adolescents with concussions experience prolonged symptoms, which interfere with their daily activities and sports. Clinicians will evaluate the child and help put a plan together that provides the necessary support for school, work, and return to play decisions.