The variability of concussion injuries makes experience a critical component to providing quality care. Michigan NeuroSport sees 2,400-2,500 sport concussion cases every year, in addition to cases of peripheral nerve injury, spinal cord injury, stingers and other neurological injuries. It’s one of the few programs in the country dedicated to the neurological concerns of athletes of all ages.
“We provide a comprehensive neurological approach because we know that not every injury produces the same clinical syndrome or appears at the same time,” says Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., director, Michigan NeuroSport, and associate professor of neurology. “A detailed yet focused history and examination allow us to put a lot of things in perspective like migraine, ADHD and depression. We’re able to sort through those and provide an accurate diagnosis.”
NeuroSport physicians are team physicians for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and USA Ski-Snowboard, director of NBA concussion program, and consultants for the NFLPA and NHLPA. “Working with the teams, we’re taking care of athletes in real time, understanding the brain in real situations,” Kutcher says.
Just as each athlete is unique, so is every concussion. NeuroSport uses a customized, gradual, step-by-step process for safe return to play. This approach is based on elements such as the patient’s history and the nature of their sport.
“From diagnosing and treating thousands of patients and conducting research, we firmly believe that concussions are not a death sentence for athletes. Most of those who are concussed recover fully and can return to playing their sport safely, if they receive the appropriate medical care,” Kutcher says.
“What sets us apart is that we offer athletes neurological care and concussion treatment that is focused in neurology.” He notes that concussion clinics are popping up all over the United States. “They tend to only scratch the surface of the complex care these patients need.”
For Referring Physicians
Kutcher says that NeuroSport physicians can be helpful across the entire spectrum of athlete brain health management—anytime a referring physician feels uncomfortable evaluating a patient or making management decisions, whether it’s concussion, post-concussion syndrome, long-term concerns or other neurological issues.
Michigan NeuroSport Clinic: 734-930-7400