What To Do

Seeking Medical Attention

If you or a loved one is displaying the symptoms of a concussion, contact the Deaconess Concussion Clinic. A trained health care professional will evaluate you and develop a treatment plan to help return you to normal activities. Our staff will then work with you to form a treatment plan and schedule for returning to normal activities.
If you are displaying the danger signs, please go immediately to an emergency room.
For questions regarding an appointment please call 812-450-6700.

Rest your body and brain

Makes sure you get plenty of sleep. When you are awake, you should avoid heavy exercise or unnecessary physical activity.
Avoid activities that need concentration or a lot of attention.
Decrease “screen time” on computers, tablets, smart phones, social media, testing, gaming systems, and television.
Do not drink alcohol.
Take a mild pain relieving medication, such as Tylenol or acetaminophen.

If the patient is an athlete, keep them out of play.

Concussions take time to heal. Don't let your athlete return to play until a health professional says it's okay. Individuals who return to play too soon risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second impact syndrome can be very serious. Because the brain is altered during the concussion, a second impact before healing can result in rapid swelling resulting in permanent brain damage.
Coaches should know if their athlete has had a recent concussion in ANY sport. The coach may not know about a concussion in another activity unless you tell him or her.