Priority Research Centre for
STROKE AND BRAIN INJURY

Sports Concussion Clinic

The Sports Concussion Clinic (SCC) aims to support our local sportsmen and women by providing free access to evaluation and medical recommendations to players suffering concussive injury. The Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury supports the SCC’s associated research activities, which focuses on supporting athletes with best evidence-based practice.

THE NEED FOR A CONCUSSION CLINIC

Australia is a nation that loves sport. However all sports carry a risk of concussion, which is becoming increasingly common in Australian sport. Concussions are the most common form of brain injury, and occur when an athlete is struck in the head.

Whilst most people associate concussion with being knocked out, most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. The side effects are wide ranging, from headache, dizziness, memory loss and blurred vision, to disorientation, increased sensitivity to stimuli, psychological problems and brain swelling. At its most severe, concussion may cause permanent brain injury.

It is particularly important to recognise concussion in young players, and to develop appropriate care plans to minimise lasting effects. The SCC, based in Newcastle NSW, is Australia’s first public health clinic for concussed athletes.

The SCC is open to athletes age 12+ of all abilities and disciplines – from junior teams to professional players. Due to limited resources, the clinic is not able to accommodate non-sporting related concussions at this time.

For SCC enquiries, or to book an appointment, please contact our clinic on 4921 4770 (Mon to Wed).