Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) has received increased recognition and concern among clinicians, researchers, military personnel, sporting organizations, athletes and parents, and the general population. It is now a major public health concern facing the medical community and society at large in the United States and worldwide.
The Michigan NeuroSport Program was founded in 2006 as the first academic medical program in the United States to provide comprehensive, evidence-based neurological care for athletes of all levels from recreational youth to elite professionals.
The mission of Michigan NeuroSport is to inspire and implement solutions for prevention and treatment of sport related concussions and their potential long-term consequences.
The Michigan NeuroSport Care team includes medical doctors, from multiple specialties, as well as physical therapists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and athletic trainers who work as a collaborative team to provide an individualized, comprehensive, effective treatment plan.
The Michigan NeuroSport program encompasses:
in addition to providing neurologic care for the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater and Dance, and administrative and community service from the local to national levels.
- Medical examination in the NeuroSport clinic to evaluate and treat concussion and its associated symptoms
- On-field evaluations by team physicians
- Individualized return-to-play and return-to-learn plans for athletes
- Partnerships with local schools and their athletic trainers who assist with a safe return to sport after concussion
- Coordination of care with schools, employers, athletic staff, and other personnel
- Neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive skills that can be affected by a concussion and to identify psychosocial factors than can interfere with recovery
- Referrals to physical therapy, behavioral health, and other medical specialists
- Education for patients, parents, athletes, coaches, and other health care providers to help prevent, recognize and treat concussion, as well as other neurological conditions in athletes.
- Research to improve patient care and advance the understanding of sports-related neurology
- Neurologic pre-participation examinations (Baseline Testing)
In Fall 2018 Drs. Eckner, Almeida and Lorincz were part of the leadership team that successfully applied for a University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative grant. The $5.6-million-dollar grant established The Michigan Concussion Center. The Michigan Concussion Center works in partnership with the Michigan NeuroSport and the PMR Concussion Programs to share knowledge and expertise in translating and implementing new science into clinical concussion care. A goal of the Michigan Concussion Center is to position the University of Michigan as a leader in concussion research and clinical practice for a positive impact on patient health.