Sports Concussion Management

Sports-related concussion care from specialists who treat prolonged concussion symptoms in athletes

Shepherd Center has a long history of supporting professional, collegiate, and youth sports teams. However, our scope is not limited to treating athletes in formally organized sports. We pride ourselves on working with a wide variety of people from all performance levels, ranging from amateur sports organizations and summer leagues to dance and cheerleading. 

We strive to return patients to their full activity and performance level as quickly and as safely as possible through evidence-based, individualized interventions. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists consults with families, coaches, athletic trainers, and school officials early in the healing process to ensure the best outcome for every patient so they can return to pre-injury activities safely. 

Concussion Assessment

Concussions are a potential danger in any sport or activity. You keep athletes safe by ensuring they receive proper care and management for their concussions. If you suspect an athlete has a concussion, err on the side of caution, and immediately remove them from play. The athlete should be evaluated by a physician right away who will confirm their concussion diagnosis, aid in their recovery, and get them back to sports safely.  

For most athletes, their concussion symptoms will resolve in two weeks. Prolonged or worsening symptoms after two weeks indicate they are experiencing a complex concussion. Complex concussions can be medically challenging but with an interdisciplinary team of concussion specialists, athletes can fully recover 

Concussion Symptoms We Help Treat and Manage  

The symptoms a concussed athlete may experience are not unlike symptoms experienced by people with concussions caused from other sources. Monitoring their symptoms is important to their recovery as quickly addressing their concussion early on improves their outcomes. They may experience one or more of the following symptoms: 

Physical Symptoms 

  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness 
  • Feeling off-balance 
  • Sensitive to light and/or noise 
  • Increased fatigue 
  • Visual Difficulties 

  Sleep Symptoms 

  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep 

Emotional Symptoms 

  • Increased irritability 
  • Feeling sad or down 
  • Feeling nervous or anxious 
  • Mood swings 

Cognitive Symptoms 

  • Decreased attention 
  • Memory problems 
  • Slower thinking 
  • Difficulty following directions 

What to Expect as a Patient in the Concussion Clinic 

At the Complex Concussion Clinic, each patient receives an individualized evaluation by a team of concussion specialists to determine the best course of treatment.  

Once a patient has been evaluated, our care team develops a treatment plan tailored to their specific injury and needs. This may include weekly visits to one or more of our therapy specialists for eight to 12 weeks. The clinic streamlines care by providing interdisciplinary resources at a single location with state-of-the-art equipment. Treatment is completed in person and using telehealth, depending on the patient's needs. Our multidisciplinary team includes: 

  • Neurology and rehabilitation medicine physicians who specialize in brain injury 
  • Neuropsychology, sports psychology, and counseling 
  • Athletic training 
  • Vestibular physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/cognitive therapy 
  • Vocational counseling 
  • Case management 

Catherine McLean with her partner, Debbie Mosure, by a lake.
Patient Testimonial

The amount of time and attention to subtle signs and symptoms was impressive. They were able to bridge the gap between where I was and what they know to take me further toward recovery.

Catherine McLean
Complex Concussion Clinic

Appointments and Referrals for the Concussion Clinic

Beginning your recovery is easy with our simple request appointment form that connects you directly to our concussion specialists. As a one-stop shop for concussion care, patients have access to the most comprehensive concussion services, from a visit with dedicated concussion specialists to vestibular physical therapy, neuropsychology, and more.

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Concussion Clinic at Shepherd Center

Contact Us 


Our Address 

80 Peachtree Park Drive NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309 

Clinic Hours 

Monday to Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET