Concussion and Sports Neurology

The University of Michigan is one of only a handful of comprehensive programs in the country dedicated to the neurological concerns of athletes. By drawing on the resources in the health system as well as the rich athletic tradition of a historic NCAA program, we specialize in the treatment and prevention of neurological sports injuries, as well as the management of primary neurological diseases that affect athletic performance.

Our program, Michigan NeuroSport, is made up of experts in the neurological care of athletes – with a special emphasis on concussion. We have three distinct components working in conjunction with each other to provide the best possible care. The Michigan NeuroSport clinic where we treat you the patient; research to help us better treat you and advance the understanding of sport-related neurology; and education  for you - the patient - as well as parents, athletes, coaches and healthcare providers to help prevent, recognize and treat concussion, as well as other neurological conditions in athletes.

Leaders in concussion treatment and education

Concussion is extremely common – often it is referred to getting your bell rung. In fact, about 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the U.S. from sports-related injuries. In the past we didn’t know the seriousness of concussions. And, that the mismanagement of a concussion can have life long, possibly fatal consequences.

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain moves quickly within the skull. This sudden movement interferes with brain function which causes a disruption and affects how parts of the brain communicate. It is not a bruise or bleed in the brain.

Concussions do not require a direct hit to the head - consider a whiplash-type injury. Anytime the brain moves quickly within the skull, a concussion is possible. Concussions are not limited to sports -they can result from a car crash, gym class or slipping on the ice.

Concussions are sometimes referred as a “stealth injury” because there is no specific test to diagnose a concussion; you cannot see a concussion on an MRI or X-ray; concussions vary by person and incident; and the signs and symptoms of a concussion can take minutes, hours or even days to appear.

Michigan NeuroSport is dedicated to providing the best clinical care to professional, collegiate and school aged athletes from across the country. We provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options with a focus on returning you to competition safely and expeditiously.

Just as each athlete is unique, so is every concussion. We use a customized, gradual, step-by-step process for your safe return to play. This customized approach is based on elements such as your history and nature of your sport.

Research for treatment and prevention of concussions

Michigan NeuroSport is a proud leader in the advancement of concussions and sports neurology. We conduct and participate in ongoing research initiatives that are continuing to change the way we view concussions and other issues in sports neurology.

Treating neurological sports related injuries

Although concussions are a big part of Michigan NeuroSport, we also see many athletes that have other neurologic injuries due to sports. Those include:

  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stinger
  • Other neurological injuries

Make an Appointment / Expert Opinion

To request an appointment for the Michigan NeuroSport Clinic, please call 734-930-7400. Or send an email request to, with your name and phone number, and a team member will get back to you within two business days.