Eric Small MD

Sports Concussion Medicine

220 North Central Ave

Hartsdale, NY 10530

CALL 914-666-7900

Sports Concussion Medicine is an integral part of Sports Medicine. The program  is run by Dr. Small and is unique compared to other programs. He incorporates  sports, physical activity, school needs, return to play, and social life into the management of concussions.

Dr. Small is a leader in the field of youth sports concussion medicine. He has been on the sidelines of high school sports for over twenty years He has first hand experience in sports head trauma and related injuries that occur. Dr. Small is school physician to local high schools and colleges, and works closely with all schools and athletic trainers with the goal of return to play safely and quickly.

Dr. Small is an certified IMPACT concussion specialist and does neurocognitive testing.  Dr. Small has unique concussion strategies that he has developed over the years. Each child and each concussion is different. These individual differences are reflected in a specialized concussion rehabilitation program. Concussion prevention strategies are included.

The office  does baseline testing  for those athletes involved in contact sports. This is an important tool to help monitor the athlete’s concussion recovery.

Signs of a Concussion:

  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sensitive to Sound
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Problems Concentrating

Return to Play Protocol:

  1. No Physical Activity
  2. Light Aerobic Activity
  3. Sports Specific Training
  4. Non Contact Drills
  5. Full Contact Practice
  6. Competitive Games

 

  • Dr Small has been treating Athletes with Concussions for over 20 years
  • He has been treating these patients since before people realized the impact an untreated concussion can cause
  • Often there are other physical issues as well as a concussion, such as a back or neck injury
  • Knowledge of sports and activity is crucial for treatment
  • Dr Small lectures to schools and sports clubs on the topic of youth concussions.

What to do Until Your Appointment:

  • Limited or No Screen Time
  • 10-14 Hours of Sleep
  • No School the Next Day or Go in Late
  • No Homework or Tests
  • May Listen to quiet Music or Books on Tape
  • No Physical Activity

When to see the Doctor?– Within 24-48 hrs with suspected concussion

What is a Concussion?-Trauma to the head, neck, or chest, that results in an injury to the brain. Symptoms include: headache, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties

Management– Every concussion and every individual is different. The athlete must be symptom free at rest and at school in order to begin return to play protocol.

 

Our Services:

  • Neurocognitive Testing
  • Hearing and Vision Exam
  • Return to Play
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Vestibular Physical Therapy
  • Baseline Computerized Neurocognitive Testing