A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Think of the human brain almost as an egg yolk and your skull as an egg shell. When your head or body takes a hit, it can cause your brain to shake around inside your skull, injuring the brain.
ImPACT® ( is the most widely used computerized neurocognitive evaluation tool. This scientifically validated evaluation was pioneered by experts at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and aids in the diagnosis and management of a concussion.
Learn more about concussions and our treatment approach.
If you have a concussion, drinking caffeine or alcohol, or using illicit drugs, can play havoc with your recovery.
For patients who have sustained a concussion, an important part of their treatment plan is often getting back to work. Their return to this routine helps patients “retrain” their vestibular systems, which helps restore cognitive abilities.
Learn the importance of understanding the frequency and risks of concussions in older adults.
Helmets, mouth guards, and concussion headbands supposedly protect players from concussions. But do they really work? Jonathan E. French, PsyD, discusses what protective gear can and can’t do for athletes.
Learn which supplements and over-the-counter pain relievers can help, or hinder, your concussion recovery process.
If you suffer a mood/anxiety concussion, excessive worrying may seem to take over your life, among other symptoms. To understand this disorienting type of concussion, and to learn treatment options, check out this infographic.
Learn about some pre-existing conditions that can increase the chances of sustaining a concussion or having a longer recovery.
Here are the basic symptoms of the six different trajectories (types) of concussions and their specific triggers (what can cause one to experience the symptom).