Concussion Testing

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Why Yale?
  • Our doctors perform a thorough evaluation for all patients with head trauma.
  • In addition to diagnoses, we help patients understand how to take care of themselves at home.
  • We connect young or old patients with experts focused on their unique needs.

A bump on the head (what doctors call "minor head trauma") gets taken seriously today, given what scientists now know about the after-effects of concussion. Whether from a fall, sports injury or accident, a blunt trauma to the head can cause a brain injury in a person of any age. 

“When somebody comes in to the emergency department with a minor head trauma, the big questions are: Is it truly minor or is it more serious?” says Ted Melnick, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “A clinician will determine whether they have any red flag signs or symptoms that might require hospitalization or surgery.”