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Concussion Clinic

Cottage Health Concussion Clinic

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Our clinic welcomes athletes from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. To schedule an appointment with Heads Up Concussion Clinic, please call 805-696-7909.

Heads Up is a Tri-County Concussion Clinic program that provides care for children and youth participating in contact sports. As our region’s referral center and safety-net provider, Heads Up provides specialty pediatric concussion management throughout the Tri-Counties. Led by Stephen Kaminski, MD, our clinic is also staffed by a nurse practitioner experienced in treating concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

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What is a Concussion?

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Signs & Symptoms

Concussion Clinic - Heads Up - Signs and Symptoms

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Testing Services

Concussion Clinic Heads Up Testing

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State Law and Athletic Guidelines

California state laws passed in recent years mandate that minimum concussion standards be followed by coaches and players at public or private schools. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the governing body for athletic programs for all high schools in the state, has adopted the guidelines.

Under the new protocol, coaches are required to complete an online concussion education course and distribute educational material to parents. If a coach suspects a concussion, the player must leave the field and cannot return to play until released to do so by a licensed healthcare professional experienced in treating concussions. There is no same day return to play. If a concussion is diagnosed, the healthcare professional oversees the return-to-play plan.

AB-2007 Youth Athletics: Youth Sports Organizations: Concussions or Other Head Injuries

AB-2127 Interscholastic Sports: Full-Contact Football practices: Concussions and Head Injuries

Concussion Fast Facts

  • Approximate percentage of head injuries that are concussions.
  • Emergency room visits have doubled for concussions in children and adolescents ages 8 to 13.
  • Concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.
  • Boys who play football are 75% at risk for a concussion.
  • Girls who play soccer have a 50% chance for a concussion.

Children, adolescents and adults are at risk for a concussion
 in sports, recreational activities or from falls. Youths who have already had a concussion are at higher risk for subsequent ones.

The most common sport for a concussion risk is football for males and soccer for females.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, The Sports Conduction Institute, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Concussion Clinic Locations

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Medical Office Building

5333 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111
805-696-7909

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

2050 Viborg Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
805-696-7909

Watch and Learn

Concussion YouTube Video - Dr. Stephen KaminskiSports Related Brain Injury and Concussion - Stephen Kaminski, MD, the Medical Director of Trauma Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital discusses sports related brain injuries and what is being done to treat concussions.

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Safe Kids California

Concussion Clinic Safe Kids logoSanta Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud to be the lead agency of Safe Kids California Santa Barbara County. Safe Kids California Santa Barbara County Partners is a broad-based representative group of agencies and community members working to prevent unintentional childhood injuries in their community.

Continued Care

Cottage Health Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute

If needed, the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute at Cottage Health is available for the continuum of care.