Austin, 15 years old, Pittsburgh, PA
Austin sustained a concussion during a gym class kickball game. Later that night, the freshman in high school was unable to recount what had happened, but his parents discovered a bump on his head. The emergency room doctors referred Austin to Micky Collins, PhD, and his team at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
Austin’s symptoms included severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and intense headaches. The UPMC team developed an individual treatment plan for Austin, who also has been diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome, including ocular and vestibular rehabilitation exercises, a regimen of medications to reduce his nausea, and home bound schooling because of his sensitivity to light and crowded areas. After following his treatment plan, Austin was cleared to return to school and gym class.
“The team at UPMC was great. They tried to make everything as convenient as possible for us and thoroughly explained everything,” says Austin’s mom Jessie. Austin’s family also reported that as he went through his rehabilitation, they saw improvement in the symptoms of his Asperger’s. Back in school, Austin has made a group of friends, contributes to and succeeds in classes, and enjoys making jokes with his family.
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