Concussion is a brain injury that causes a temporary loss of normal brain function.

Concussions can be caused by a direct force to the head, such as a head-to-head collision, or an indirect force to the head, such as whiplash from a body blow. Although the majority of of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness, seeing “stars” and feeling “dings” are two symptoms of a concussion.

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The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program manages concussions in athletes of every age and experience level. To find out more or make an appointment with one of our experts, visit our website or call 412-432-3681.

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Sports bring with them a potential for injury. And if you are looking to prevent, treat, or rehabilitate a sports injury, UPMC Sports Medicine can help. We serve athletes from a wide variety of sports across every demographic: young or old, male or female, pro or amateur. We partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Panthers, and over 60 high school, college, and regional teams and events. We’re working to build better athletes. We use cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques to help you recover and provide education on how to prevent injuries.