Concussion is an impact injury to the brain, and the knowledge, understanding and care of concussion injuries have changed dramatically in the last ten years.
Modern concussion care starts with a baseline neurocognitive test on an athlete’s healthy brain, to be used in the event of concussion to evaluate the level of recovery. Concussion can be caused by a range of events and is not restricted to contact sports, but it is competitive sports that increases the risk of a second concussion on top of the first injury - which can be catastrophic, even fatal. It is ESSENTIAL that a concussed athlete has trained medical care throughout the recovery period, and that that period not be hurried in order to "get back in there."
North Coast Concussion Management (NCCM)'s team is committed to bringing the very latest science in concussion evaluation and treatment to every school team and student athlete in our area, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
To educate schools, coaches, parents, student athletes, medical providers in related disciplines and the general public on the prevention, diagnosis and safe treatment of concussion.
To assist with access to trained medical professionals in all the area’s major health networks for students suspected of sustaining a concussion in order to ensure proper care regardless of the athlete’s insurance plan.
To identify standard procedures and training materials to assist schools, athletic directors and coaches in concussion recognition and appropriate care.
To assist local school athletic programs to compliance with California law regarding concussion management.
To raise funds to assist schools and districts with the implementation of such concussion management programs.
To raise funds and enlist community partnerships to assist all student athletes in need with the financial aspect of concussion care.