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Our clinic welcomes athletes from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. To schedule an appointment with the Cottage Concussion Clinic, please call 805-879-4240.

  • A detailed neurological examination is important and will bring out evidence of brain injury
  • Evaluations by physical, occupational and speech therapists help clarify the specific deficits of an individual.
  • Cognitive evaluation by a Neuropsychologist with formal neuropsychological testing
  • Tests may include CAT scan, MRI, SPECT and PET scan

What to Know About Concussion Recovery

  • Most patients are fully recovered from their concussion in 7-10 days
  • For some patients symptoms can persist for weeks or even months
  • Make sure your child rests his or her brain and does not re-injure it while healing 

Watch for these Symptoms After Diagnosis:

  • Severely worsening headaches or headaches after waking up
  • Increased daytime drowsiness or difficulty waking up
  • Problems with recognizing people or places
  • Other common concussion symptoms such as dizziness, vomiting or slurred speech 

Stay Aware of Second Impact Syndrome

While your child is still healing from a concussion, remain aware of second impact syndrome: a second injury to the brain. It is very important that your child does not re-injure his or her head while they are recovering and still having symptoms. When not managed properly, second impact syndrome can cause a severe brain injury and death.

Concussion After-Care

Do’s & Don’ts of Concussion Recovery

Your Child Should NOT:

  • Drink caffeinated beverages
  • Take other medications unless approved by their doctor
  • Return to play without medical clearance
  • Play contact sports or participate in activities which can increase their heart rate
  • Go bike riding, skate boarding, surfing, horseback riding, skiing or snowboarding (even when wearing a helmet)

Your Child Should:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and sleeps for eight hours
  • Take a 30 minute break for every 30 minutes of watching TV or movies, using a computer or cell phone, listening to music or reading
  • Walk at a moderate pace twice a day for 30 minutes
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty or water.

Free Baseline Concussion Testing

Cottage Concussion Clinic

Baseline concussion testing will be offered in our Ventura Clinic on select Fridays for student athletes enrolled in Fall sports. These tests are a preventative measure that can help identify a concussion in the future.

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Concussion Clinic Location

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Medical Office Building

5333 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111

Safe Kids Santa Barbara County

Safe Kids Santa Barbara County

Cottage Health is proud to be a coalition of Safe Kids World Wide. Our local coalition, known as Safe Kids Santa Barbara County, shares the mission of keeping ALL children safe from preventable injuries.

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