Concussion Center

Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital is home to the region’s most comprehensive Concussion Management Program. Staffed by pediatric specialists in sports medicine, neurology and neuropsychology, the Concussion Center at K. Hovnanian Children’s hospital provides evaluation, testing and management of concussions.

Our specialists are certified in Concussion Management and are among the nation’s academic leaders in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ research and development of new national Concussion Management guidelines.
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The Concussion Program is supported by a Pediatric Emergency Department and Trauma Service dedicated to addressing the urgent needs of our young patients. In addition the program provides access to the critical diagnostic testing and advancements for concussions and sports-related injuries as well as a team of pediatric neuro-radiologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, and pediatric orthopedic surgeons to address each child’s individualized needs and care requirements.

Concussions in Children

Concussions in children and adolescents have been on a steady rise for the past several years. Whether it’s from bumping their heads; playing on the playground or participating in sports activities; it’s imperative that a child’s concussion be treated properly, as it can affect their development in the future. In collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health Neuroscience Institute, the specialists at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital offer comprehensive care and evaluation to help your child recover and return to normal activity.

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries resulting from an impact that causes the brain to move within the skull. Often, they are caused by a direct blow to the head, but any sudden impact to the body that forces the head back and forth can also be the cause.

Every concussion is different. Immediately after an injury, your child may:

  • Seem dazed or dizzy
  • Complain of a headache
  • Be bothered by bright light or loud noises
  • Have trouble with their memory, including no recollection of the injury itself
Although loss of consciousness can occur, the majority of concussion patients remain conscious at the time of injury. Full recovery from signs and symptoms of concussion is normal, however for children and teens the recovery time is longer in most cases than in the adult, as their brains are still growing and developing. But with proper care and treatment from our physicians, children are provided with the best opportunity to make a complete and healthy recovery. As parents, it’s important to monitor your child as concussion symptoms can develop days or weeks after the injury.

Learn more about concussion signs and symptoms here.

 

Care Locations

  • K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center,
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

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