Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Many of these injuries happen to student athletes.
Colby Hansen, M.D. is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with specific training in the management of Traumatic Brain Injury in adults and children.
Concussion represents a form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and should never be taken lightly. While concussion is often referred to as a mild TBI because they are not life threatening, their effects can be serious and negatively impact how well a person functions.
The concussion program at the University of Utah is directed by specialists with specific training in Traumatic Brain Injury. Sports related injuries, falls, and motor vehicle accidents all represent important causes of concussion.
While we provide care for individuals of all age groups with mild TBI, our program is uniquely designed to provide care for the concussed athlete, who needs specialty care to appropriately determine when it is safe to return to play. In certain contact sports, preseason neurocognitive testing is recommended to provide a better assessment of recovery to baseline following a concussion.
To make an appointment, please call 801.587-7109.
For information on preseason testing for your team or school, contact Athletic Trainer and Director for University of Utah Sports Medicine and Outreach Programs, Blake Johnson, MS, ATC-L / 801-587-7005.