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.

Contact Us

801-587-7109

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.

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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.

Baseline Testing

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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:

Blake Johnson
Phone: 801-587-0757
Email

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

801-587-7109

Sports Concussion Plan

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

Daniel M. Cushman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dan Cushman, M.D., is board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and specializes in the care of musculoskeletal injuries in both athletes & non-athletes, musculoskeletal ultrasound, electrodiagnostics, and endurance sports-specific injuries with a particular interest in runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathlet... Read More

Olivia L. Erickson, SLP

Olivia Erickson M.S. CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with expertise in the treatment of individuals with neurological disorders related to stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, social pragmatic communication, and swallowing.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University ... Read More

Christopher A. Gee, MD, MPH

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Gee is Board Certified in Primary Care Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine who focuses on the treatment of non-operative musculoskeletal conditions at the University Hospital, South Jordan Health Center, and the University Orthopedic Center. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the University Hospital and educates resident physicians an... Read More

Colby Hansen, MD

Patient Rating:

4.5

4.5 out of 5

Dr. Hansen is an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He graduated from medical school with honors from the University of Iowa and completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Hansen’s clinical interests are in amputee r... Read More

Emily J. Harold, MD

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

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

Gregory W. J. Hawryluk, MD, PhD

Dr. Hawryluk specializes in Complex Spinal Surgery, General Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care as well as Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Hawryluk also serves as the Director of Neurosurgical Critical Care at University of Utah Healthcare and has extensive expertise in advanced neuromonitoring techniques. He completed his medical school... Read More

Nick Monson, DO

Dr. Nick Monson, Assistant Professor, (clinical) is a board certified primary care sports medicine specialist within the Orthopedic Department of the University of Utah.  Dr. Monson specializes in evaluation and treatment of spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee and foot and ankle issues.  He also has special interest in concussion management and... Read More

Specialties:

Acute Pain, Arthritis Rehabilitation, Concussion, Health Promotion and Education, Knee Preservation, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Spine Evaluation, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine

Locations:

Farmington Health Center 801-213-3200

Ryan M. Pelo, PT, DPT, NCS

Ryan Pelo, PT, DPT, NCS is the lead physical therapist on the brain injury team at the University of Utah Sugar House Rehabilitation Center. He specializes in traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, concussions, vestibular disorders, and stroke. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 2010, received his N... Read More

Ziva Petrin, MD

Ziva Petrin, M.D., is currently a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at the University of Utah.  She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Petrin's clinical interests include the care of musculoskeletal injuries, electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Sh... Read More

Specialties:

Concussion, Cycling Injury, EMG, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Running Injury, Sports Concussion, Sports Injury, Sports Medicine

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

David J. Petron, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

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

Summer N. Rolin, PsyD

Summer Rolin, Psy.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and she performs neuropsychological assessments with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with sport concussion, traumatic brain injury, complex medical disorders, pre/postsurgical evaluations, chronic medical conditions, neurodegenerat... Read More

Specialties:

Cognitive Disorders, Concussion, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Clinical, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

University Hospital
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
801-581-2267

Lindsay C. Thrall, MOT, OTR/L

Lindsay Thrall, MOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist who works with individuals with neurological injuries and disease with a focus on restoring function and quality of life. She specializes in traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, and spinal cord injury, and has training in vision rehabilitation as well as with specialized equipment inclu... Read More

Specialties:

Concussion, Mild Brain Injury, Occupational Therapy, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Bob Toth, PA-C, MPAS, MS, ATC

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Bob Toth is both a nationally certified Physician Assistant and a certified Athletic Trainer who joined the Department of Orthopaedics in January 2010. He earned his Master's of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant he was an Athletic Trainer for 14 years at the University of Utah, Adrian C... Read More

Annie Wallace, MOT, MOTR/L

Annie Wallace MOT, OTR/L specializes in the treatment of individuals with neurological diagnosis, specifically stroke, traumatic brain injury, vision rehabilitation and concussion. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2010 with her BS in Occupational Therapy Studies and in 2012 with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Annie has spe... Read More

University Orthopaedic Center 590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map
801-587-7109
Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N Medical Drive East 
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-585-7575
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84009
Map
801-213-4500
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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.

Find a University of Utah Health Care Community Clinic in your area.

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.