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UHS Concussion Center

UHS Concussion Center
4433 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850

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Main: 607-771-2220

The UHS Concussion Center is the first in our area to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) for both children and adults.  Our comprehensive approach includes experts in neuropsychology, physical therapy, physical medicine rehabilitation, and sports medicine. 

Whether mild or severe, a concussion requires proper treatment. The UHS Concussion Center provides appropriate concussion management by integrating services into one location. 

Our staff has extensive experience working with professional, student and recreational athletes as well as athletic trainers, school and youth sport coaches, and parents. 

Concussions: What You Should Know

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can result from a bump or blow to the head caused by a fall, accident or sporting/recreational activity. Here are three important things you should know:

  1. A concussion is a brain injury; all concussions are serious.
  2. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
  3. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

What You Should Do If You Suspect Someone Has a Concussion

Symptoms may appear right away or may be delayed until the individual resumes activity. Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But for some, symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are at greater risk of a recurrence and may find that it takes longer to recover.

Effects of Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that temporarily interferes with the way your brain works. It can affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance, coordination, sleep patterns and more.

The symptoms of concussion may include: 

  • Headache 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Balance problems 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue 
  • Trouble falling asleep 
  • Sleeping more or less than usual 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Sensitivity to light or noise 
  • Irritability 
  • Nervousness 
  • Feeling more emotional than usual
  • Numbness or tingling 
  • Feeling slowed down or mentally foggy 
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering 
  • Visual problems 
  • Personality changes 

Neuropsychologist Christopher J. Yanusas, PhD, is certified by the Impact Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to provide neuropsychological assessment and treatment of concussions.

For further information on the signs and symptoms of a concussion, click on this link.