About the Concussion Clinic
Our sports concussion clinic is an interdisciplinary team that focuses on the importance of individualized assessment of a concussion as a result of a sport-related injury. Occasionally, patients may also need additional care after a concussion. When needed, appropriate referrals will be coordinated to speech therapy for cognitive rehabilitation, physical therapy for vestibular or balance rehabilitation, neuro-opthalmologists for unique visual disturbances after mild TBI and radiologists when imaging studies are indicated.
Outside the Salt Lake area: 888-587-7109
Sports Concussion Laws
New sports concussion laws are protecting our young athletes from the potential life-altering consequences of concussions or traumatic head injuries. They require amateur youth sport organizations to adopt and enforce a concussion policy as well as educate parents and athletes about concussions. Athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion now need to be immediately removed from play and not allowed to return until medically cleared by a healthcare provider. Our sports concussion program can help you understand new laws and enforce them.
To help organizations with implementing their sports concussion management plan, we have designed a template you can print off and share with your organization, participants and parents.
In certain high-risk sports, preseason neuropsychological testing provides an opportunity to assess an individual's baseline. This allows for more accurate assessment of return to normal function following a concussion. We are able to work with schools, clubs and leagues in offering such preseason testing. For more information on organizing preseason testing for your athletes, contact the following:
Phone: (801) 587-0757
If your school, club or league is not yet ready to do preseason testing across the organization, we can provide this service directly in our facility. To learn more about this option and schedule a time to complete this preseason test, please review our disclaimer and contact us:
Schedule testing in our facility
Sports Concussion Plan
New sports concussion laws are protecting our young athletes from the potential life-altering consequences of concussions or traumatic head injuries. They require amateur youth sport organizations to adopt and enforce a concussion policy as well as educate parents and athletes about concussions. Athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion now need to be immediately removed from play and not allowed to return until medically cleared by a health care provider. Our sports concussion program has created a template to help you understand new laws and enforce them at your organization.Sports Concussion Plan
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Emily Harold, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in sports medicine. She received her bachelor's degree from Washington University, where she also played basketball and contributed to three National Championship teams. Dr. Harold received her medical degree from Ohio State University, and went on to complete a fellowship at the Clevela... Read More
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A. Michael Henrie, D.O. is a sports medicine physician at the University of Utah. Dr. Henrie received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation followed by a sports and musculoskeletal medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. In addition to wo... Read More
Ryan Pelo, PT, DPT, NCS is the brain injury team lead physical therapist at the University of Utah Sugar House Rehabilitation Center, where he specializes in traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, stroke, concussions, vestibular disorders, and Parkinson's Disease. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in ... Read More
Dr. David Petron, Assistant Professor (clinical) is a primary care orthopaedic/sports medicine specialist. He originally trained in family practice and then completed a fellowship in primary care orthopaedics and sports medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Petron is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine and the team physician for the U... Read More
Stuart Willick, M.D. is a fellowship trained, board certified sports medicine physician. He has worked with numerous elite sports organizations, including the University of Utah, United States Ski and Snowboard Association, US Speedskating, US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, and the International Olympic and Paralympic Medical Committees. His res... Read More
Concussion Treatment Helps Cheerleader Get Back in the Game
No one suspected sophomore Kylie Morris had a concussion. She wasn’t knocked unconscious after receiving an accidental kick to the forehead while practicing a tumbling pass for a new cheerleading routine. And although she was dazed and had a headache, the kick wasn’t particularly painful. “I just figured that I had a big headache,” says Kylie. “I knew I got kicked, but I didn’t feel it.”
The headache prompted Kylie to call her mom to pick her up from school. She laid down for a short nap, which stretched into five hours of sleep. Kylie’s mother Natalie worried the kick may have been more harmful than they realized. She took Kylie to see a doctor that evening, who then referred Kylie to a local emergency room for evaluation. The doctor diagnosed Kylie’s concussion, prescribed rest, and arranged for her to see Michael Henrie, D.O., a sports medicine physician with University of Utah Health Care for follow-up treatment.
In addition to physical rest, Henrie placed Kylie on cognitive rest. “Most people don’t think about resting the brain, which not only involves physical rest but also mental or cognitive rest. We generally pull concussion patients out of activities that require stimulation of the brain. That means no internet, no texting, no video games, and no TV,” says Henrie. And in Kylie’s case, it also meant no schoolwork or homework until her brain began to recover.
As a bright, dedicated student, Kylie found it difficult and frustrating to wait for her brain to heal, particularly after returning to school. However Henrie helped her understand she needed to give her brain time to heal before getting back to her regular routine. “It’s hard because you’re watching everyone in class, and you feel fine, however your body’s not. In your head you feel like, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine, I can do that’—but your body’s not capable of doing it,” she says.
Natalie was thankful that her daughter received excellent quality health care from University of Utah Health Care in the south end of the valley. “It was phenomenal,” raves Natalie. “Dr. Henrie treated us right there at the school. It was very convenient . . . that’s what I was very grateful for.”
Henrie says, “We have physicians and athletic trainers at Herriman and Jordan High Schools. We have a sports medicine clinic here. We see concussions as part of that. We’re certainly in a position to evaluate and treat anyone who’s in this part of the valley.”
After three weeks of treatment and evaluation from Henrie, Kylie made a complete recovery. She got caught up with her schoolwork and is cheering again. “She had to make up three weeks of work her sophomore year. She did it and earned all A’s and B’s. In cheer, she’s the top flyer and tumbler,” Natalie says proudly.
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If you or a loved one has experienced a head injury, learn what symptoms might indicate a concussion, and when you should call a doctor.
Educate your school, team or league about concussions by developing a sports concussion plan in conjunction with University of Utah Health Care’s Concussion Program.