Concussion Testing

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults

A hockey goalie stands ready to protect goal and also avoid a concussion.

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, a Yale Medicine emergency medicine physician. “A clinician will determine whether they have any red flag signs or symptoms that might require hospitalization or surgery.”