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Concussion Care Network

Concussion Care Network

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head or body.

Through our Concussion Care Network, medical personnel of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital can treat head injuries and concussions in both children and adults. State law requires any child in an organized athletic program suspected of a concussion to be removed from play. To return to play, the child must be evaluated and cleared by a medical professional. We provide baseline testing, concussion screening, follow up care and guidance.

For more information about the program or to schedule a baseline test, please call: Milwaukee: 414-325-6251 | Racine: 262-687-5800

Signs & Symptoms

There are many signs or symptoms that a person may be concussed. Some of these symptoms may appear immediately while others may take time to emerge. Additionally, how long a symptom lasts depends largely on the individual.

The following are signs and symptoms of concussions. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms after a direct or indirect blow to the head, contact a concussion physician.

  • Loss of consciousness (even if brief)
  • Fatigue or drowsiness 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Headache or pressure in head 
  • Appears dazed/stunned or confused
  • Problems remembering, concentrating, or focusing
  • Changes in personality or behavior

Seeking Medical Attention

A health care professional will determine the severity of the concussion and when it is safe to return to sports. Our team of physicians, physician assistants, and certified athletic trainers has extensive training in concussion management and will manage concussion in the best, most comprehensive way possible. By using a variety of clinical tools to assess the severity and progress of each injury, individualized recommendations are made for each patient’s treatment and return to activity.

Concussion Services

  • ImPACT testing
  • Symptom score
  • Balance testing
  • Vestibular screening
  • Neurocognitive testing 
  • Vision screening
  • Neurological exam

Most concussions resolve in a reasonable amount of time. Should your child’s injury persist, we will draw on the expertise of our team, consisting of primary care, neurology, neuropsychology, sports medicine, and vestibular therapy.

Additional Resources

Baseline Testing

Wheaton concussion specialists recommend that all athletes, especially those involved in contact sports, complete a computerized neurocognitive test using the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assesssment and Cognitive Testing) system before their sports season starts to establish a baseline. The baseline can then be compared to a post-concussion test should the athlete suffer a head injury during their season.

Comparing the baseline and post-concussion scores allow schools, teams and healthcare providers to determine the athlete's ability to return to school and athletic participation.

Baseline testing is recommended for athletes above age 10 and participating in contact sports such as:

  • football
  • lacrosse
  • soccer
  • basketball
  • cheerleading
  • gymnastics

In the event of a concussion, the brain needs rest from sports and school in order to heal. It is never safe to return to play if an athlete is experiencing any symptoms of a concussion.

Even if an athlete has not received a baseline test, he or she can still take the ImPACT test post-concussion due to its ability to assess severity of concussion and determine when it's safe for them to return to play. 

ImPACT© Testing

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare utilizes the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) system, which employs computerized neurocognitive assessment tools to assist in determining an athlete's ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. The ImPACT concussion testing system is the most widely used, computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented across high school, collegiate and professional level sports, including the NFL.

The ImPACT program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:

  • Attention span
  • Working memory
  • Sustained and selective attention time
  • Response variability
  • Non-verbal problem solving
  • Reaction time

Features

  • Measures player symptoms
  • Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
  • Reaction time measured to a 1/100th of second
  • Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions
  • Provides reliable baseline test information
  • Produces a comprehensive report of test results
  • Results are presented as a PDF file and can be emailed
  • Automatically stores data from repeat testing
  • Testing is administered online for individuals or groups

Even if an athlete has not received a baseline test, he or she can still take the ImPACT test post-concussion due to its ability to assess severity of concussion and determine when it's safe for them to return to play.

Doctors & Specialists

The following Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and Midwest Orthopedic Sports Medicine physicians are members of the Concussion Care Network. These concussion physicians are specially trained to treat children and adults in need of medical care and screening following a head injury.

To make an appointment with one of these physicians, please call their offices directly.

Milwaukee County

Jennifer Scheeler, MD
Family Medicine
8825 S. Howell Avenue, Suite 200
Oak Creek
Phone: 414-647-3920

Erin O’Tool, MD
Family Medicine
8825 S. Howell Avenue, Suite 200
Oak Creek
Phone: 414-647-3920

Frederick Bulacan, MD
Internal Medicine
2500 W. Layton Avenue, Suite 290
Milwaukee
Phone: 414-647-7446

Jamie Edwards, MD
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
2323 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 310
Milwaukee

3111 W. Rawson Avenue
Suite 200/205
Franklin
Phone: 414-384-6700

Waukesha County

Mark Bradley, DO
Family Medicine
N64 W24086 Main Street
Sussex, WI 53089
Phone: 262-785-7720

Lori Wisnefski, MD
Family Medicine
1292 Capitol Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: 262-785-7700

Mark Meier, MD
Family Medicine/Sports Medicine
3610 Michelle Witmer Memorial Drive, Suite 210
New Berlin
Phone: 262-785-7499

Terry Young, PsyD
Neuropsychologist
19435 W. Capitol Drive, Suite L03
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 414-763-7230 ext. 9

Racine County

Goran Jankovic, DO
Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
3811 Spring Street, Suite 102
Racine, WI 53405
Phone: 262-687-5800

In Racine County, baseline ImPACT tests are provided to student athletes at contracted high schools.

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