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What is a Concussion?

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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.

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.

You don't have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won't. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion.

In rare cases, concussions cause more serious problems. Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking. Because of the small chance of serious problems, it is important to contact our clinic if you or someone you know has symptoms of a concussion.

If you believe someone has suffered a concussion, please call our Heads Up Concussion Clinic at 805-696-7909.

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

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.