Concussion care at Mayo Clinic in Arizona

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists) and other areas have experience and expertise diagnosing and treating people with concussions and other brain injuries.

Neurologists work with an integrated team of doctors and health care professionals in brain and mental health conditions (neuropsychologists), inner ear conditions (vestibular specialists), sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), mental health conditions (psychiatrists), brain imaging (neuroradiologists), brain surgery (neurosurgeons), headache medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and emergency medicine to provide comprehensive care for people with concussions.

The group offers baseline concussion testing, comprehensive brain health evaluations, and detailed rehabilitation, wellness and performance programs for athletes before and after they have had concussions.

Mayo Clinic has partnered with Athletes' Performance, a training organization that offers programs and services for professional and amateur athletes, the military, and corporations. Through Mayo Clinic's partnership with Athletes' Performance, youth athletes and others treated at Mayo Clinic may have the opportunity to receive training from Athletes' Performance staff.

Doctors evaluate and treat people age 12 or older, including youth, collegiate and professional athletes.

For children age 11 and younger, Mayo Clinic partners with Phoenix Children's Hospital to care for children with concussions.

The program also offers services to remotely evaluate athletes (teleconcussion services). Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications and other technology.

The treatment team evaluates and treats athletes who have had concussions. Neurologists, neuropsychologists and others trained in concussion care evaluate athletes and use advanced diagnostic tests to determine when they may be ready to return to sports, school and other activities.

The treatment team will also work with school personnel and parents as athletes recover from a concussion and when making the decision about returning to sports and school.

The treatment team provides care and rehabilitation for people who continue to experience symptoms and need more time from their concussions.

Mayo doctors educate medical providers and others at local and national meetings and events about the importance of proper concussion prevention, identification, treatment and rehabilitation. They also provide parent seminars for school districts around the state of Arizona. For more information or to request doctors to speak at meetings, email concussion@mayo.edu.

Research

Mayo Clinic neurologists and basic science researchers are studying the cellular basis of concussion and new strategies to diagnose concussion, measure brain recovery and identify new treatment strategies.

Doctors also research teleconcussion services for athletes.

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