The University of Michigan NeuroSport program is one of only a handful of comprehensive programs in the country dedicated to the neurological concerns of athletes. By drawing on the resources of our health system as well as the rich athletic tradition of a historic NCAA program, NeuroSport specializes in the treatment and prevention of neurological sports injuries, as well as the management of primary neurological diseases that affect athletic performance.
The Michigan NeuroSport program encompasses:
- The Michigan Concussion Center
- Michigan Neurosport Multidisciplinary Clinics
- NeuroSport Research Program
- NeuroSport Sports Neurology Fellowship
In addition, NeuroSport provides neurologic care to approximately 1600 NCAA Division 1 and Olympic athletes, including at Eastern Michigan University and the University as Michigan. In conjunction with University of Michigan MedSport Athletic trainers, NeuroSport provides direct neurologic care for 17 regional high schools. Learn more about NeuroSports' neurologic care to Division 1, Olympic and high school athletes.
The mission of the multidisciplinary Michigan NeuroSport outpatient clinic is to provide optimal individualized patient centered care for athletes of all levels with an emphasis on acute concussion care and potential long-term consequences of mild head trauma. To learn more, visit our Concussion in Athletes page.
Comprehensive Approach to Treating Athletes
NeuroSport’s multidisciplinary care team evaluates the physical, cognitive and emotional components of athletes who have suffered a concussion. The team consists of sports neurologists, sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, social workers and athletic trainers.
The program provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options with a focus on returning patients to competition safely and expeditiously. Our multidisciplinary approach allows for personalized evaluation, targeted treatment, and a safe, individualized return to activity plan for each athlete.
- Medical examination in the NeuroSport clinic to evaluate and treat concussion and its associated symptoms
- On-field evaluations by team physicians
- Individualized return-to-play and return-to-learn plans for athletes
- Partnerships with local schools and their athletic trainers who assist with a safe return to sport after concussion
- Coordination of care with schools, employers, athletic staff, and other personnel
- Neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive skills that can be affected by a concussion and to identify psychosocial factors than can interfere with recovery
- Referrals to physical therapy, behavioral health, and other medical specialists
- Education for patients, parents, athletes, coaches, and other health care providers to help prevent, recognize and treat concussion, as well as other neurological conditions in athletes
- Research to improve patient care and advance the understanding of sports-related neurology
- Neurologic pre-participation examinations (Baseline Testing)
Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) has received increased recognition and concern among clinicians, researchers, military personnel, sporting organizations, athletes and parents, and the general population. It is now a major public health concern facing the medical community and society at large in the United States and worldwide. In many ways, concussion research is in its infancy relative to moderate and severe brain injury with substantial gaps in our basic understanding of injury prevention, pathophysiology, diagnostics, management, outcomes, and financial impact.
The overall mission of Michigan NeuroSport is fueled by our research which focuses on discovering optimal care for acute concussion as well as understanding and preventing long-term complications of mild head trauma. The mission of our research program is to undertake research that will answer fundamental questions on concussion prevention, identification, diagnosis, management, and long-term outcomes and provide the necessary infrastructure to advance concussion knowledge and health care. For more information, visit the NeuroSport Research page on the Michigan Medicine Department of Neurology website.
Sports Neurology Fellowship
In 2012, The NeuroSport program developed the first sports neurology fellowship in the United States. The goal of the program is to train outstanding clinicians, researchers and educators with expertise in the diagnosis and management of neurologic sports injuries. For more information, visit the Sports Neurology Fellowship page on the Neurology Clinical Department website.
Make an Appointment
To request an appointment or to get more information about Michigan NeuroSport, call 734-930-7400.