Advancing the care and treatment of concussions.
The UOC Comprehensive Concussion Care Clinic staff has the experience and expertise to provide the proper care for this challenging injury. The clinic is directed by internationally renowned expert in concussion care and research, Dr. Ruben Echemendia, and is augmented by UOC’s sports medicine team consisting of sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.
Concussion is one of the most common sports injuries. It’s also one of the most difficult to properly evaluate and manage.
Most athletes recover quickly from concussion, but complications can occur if a concussion isn’t properly recognized or treated – especially if the athlete continues playing or returns to play too quickly. Athletes, coaches, and even some health care professionals are not aware of concussion symptoms and treatment options. UOC’s Comprehensive Concussion Care Clinic regularly treats patients who have suffered concussions while playing hockey, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football, and other sports.
At UOC, both adolescent and adult patients benefit from:
- State-of-the-art, evidence based care
- Seamless treatment, from injury to return to sport
- Only medically necessary tests and procedures – no gimmicks
- Proper treatment before getting back in the game
- Experience with multiple-concussion patients
UOC certified athletic trainers have been specially trained by Dr. Ruben Echemendia in the implementation of concussion protocol meeting state, national, and international standards. Our athletic trainers play an active role in baseline testing and return to play procedures. UOC athletic trainers also assist in administering the post injury testing sequence and reporting results to Dr. Echemendia throughout the process. UOC Comprehensive Care Clinic allows for seamless communication between the athlete, parent, coaches, athletic trainer, physical therapists, and doctor – from injury to return sport. UOC athletic trainers then communicate with school personnel so that the injured athlete has specific classroom accommodations during the healing process.
Learn more about our Concussion Care expert
Dr. Ruben Echemendia is the Co-Chair of the NHL’s Concussion Subcommittee and director of the NHL’s Neuropsychological Testing Program.
He is also Chair of Major League Soccer’s concussion program and is the consulting clinical neuropsychologist to the US Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer National Teams. He is also the consulting neuropsychologist to Princeton University’s Department of Athletic Medicine.
Dr. Echemendia is the Clinical Director of the UOC Concussion Care Clinic, a multidisciplinary concussion evaluation and management program at the University Orthopedic Center in State College, PA. He serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, the NCAA Concussion Task Force, the US Soccer Medical Advisory Committee, and more recently the National Council on Youth Sports Safety – Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety Initiative. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Defense Veteran’s Brain Injury Center and other national organizations.
Dr. Echemendia has had extensive clinical and research experience with sports-related concussions and has spoken internationally on issues related to traumatic brain injury in sports. He is currently in independent practice after having spent 18 years on the Clinical Psychology faculty of The Pennsylvania State University where he was Director of the Psychological Clinic.
Dr. Echemendia is a Past President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a Fellow of both the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychological Association. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Dr. Echemendia has published extensively in the area of sports neuropsychology and has been a featured guest on several television and radio programs.