Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Know how to spot the signs of a concussion or traumatic brain injury 

Any jolt or blow to the head or body that causes significant impact or motion to the head may cause bruising, bleeding, swelling or shearing to the softer brain as it moves inside the hard structure of the skull. The effect to the brain may result in a traumatic brain injury, or concussion. The blow could occur in a fall, car crash, athletic activity or assault.

Brain injuries in children: What you should know

Expert concussion and brain injury care, close to home: Diagnose and treat your kid’s concussion or TBI right here in Virginia

We’re here for your child and your family, from the time of injury until they get back to the activities they love.

Our specialists in traumatic brain injury care for children who have been seen in the hospital, emergency department, physician’s office or acutely at sport event.

Our team includes: Brain injury specialists, educational consultants, certified athletic trainers, neuropsychologist, registered nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and sports medicine physicians.

Commonly asked questions about concussions and brain injuries

What signs and symptoms will my child have?

What signs and symptoms will my child have?

Concussion symptoms are unique to each individual, but there are common symptoms you should be aware of.

If you believe your child has a traumatic brain injury or concussion, call your child's doctor immediately.

Read common concussion symptoms
If you suspect your child or teen has a concussion or brain injury, follow these steps:

If you suspect your child or teen has a concussion or brain injury, follow these steps:

  1. Seek medical attention right away by calling 804-628-4878 or 855-742-4878 (toll-free)
  2. Keep your child out of play
  3. Ask us for written instructions on helping your child return to school. You can give the instructions to your child’s school nurse and teacher(s) and return-to-play instructions to the coach and/or athletic trainer.

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Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM
Katherine Dec MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM Sports medicine
Concussion/traumatic brain injury
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Bill Shaw, MD
Bill Shaw MD Concussion/traumatic brain injury
Sports medicine
General pediatrics/primary care
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Olivier Rolin, MD, PhD
Olivier Rolin MD, PhD Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Concussion/traumatic brain injury
Sports medicine
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