With summer coming to a close, football, cheerleading, and other fall sports are starting up again. Most injuries are obvious – you see a bruise, a scrape, a broken bone, etc. Injuries to the brain are not as obvious. Sometimes not even on an x-ray. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury or a TBI caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or hit to the body that jolts the brain back and forth. This sudden movement causes damage to the brain cells creating chemical changes in the brain. Concussions can range from very mild to very severe. Multiple concussions over time can affect cognitive skills (reasoning, memory, etc), speech and motor functions.
In a commitment to keep our students healthy, in 2010 North Cypress Medical Center initially purchased and renews annually the concussion testing software for Cy Fair Independent School District for all district high schools, as well as Waller High School and Cypress Christian High School. This software, called ImPACT, is the first, and most widely used and scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.
The hospital also recently started a Concussion Management Program that helps to diagnose and treat students and adults suffering with concussions. Through quick diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, concussion symptoms can diminish or go away completely. Read more about North Cypress Concussion Management Program.