We opened the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth because concussions are an all too common occurrence among athletes—especially our student-athletes. We also realized there was not another facility like it in Georgia or the Southeast.
Concussions may be common, but they don’t need to be game-changers. While the alarming stories in the headlines are all too real for the athletes affected, we believe that the negative, long-term consequences of concussions can typically be avoided with appropriate physical conditioning, coaching, equipment, education, awareness, evaluation and treatment.
With the latest methods, we are committed to improving concussion treatment for athletes of all ages and levels of play, from youth leagues to the collegiate and professional ranks. We’re doing this by increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussions and other head trauma, as well as providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment approaches.
To aid pediatricians, family doctors and sports medicine physicians, the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth has a highly skilled team of concussion experts representing multiple disciplines and areas of expertise. Our team includes neuropsychologists and certified athletic trainers who evaluate individuals with concussions and create a management plans that will return them to the field and to their daily lives—in the classroom or workplace—in the safest and most expedited manner possible.
Our comprehensive Concussion Institute is housed in the GMC Sports Medicine Program, which includes over 60 Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) who work full-time in Northeast Metro Atlanta high schools and leagues—on the playing fields where injuries occur. Our field-based ATCs provide comprehensive injury assessment and management, including concussion care. With protocols for sideline assessment and follow-up care, our ATCs expedite recovery and minimize the risk of post-concussion syndrome, helping to return our athletes to play and to the classroom as quickly and as safely as possible.
At Gwinnett Medical Center, we understand the competitive nature of sports, but the athlete’s health and safety is always our chief priority—this is one more way we’re Transforming Healthcare.