Doctors usually diagnose a sports concussion by learning the patient's history (what happened) and performing a physical exam. At the UCSF Sports Concussion Program, patients meet first with an athletic trainer who interviews them about their injury and symptoms, and performs a standardized memory and balance assessment. Patients then meet with a doctor who conducts a complete neurological exam. Depending on the case, the doctor may consult other concussion specialists, including physical therapists, neurologists and neuropsychologists. Sometimes doctors also order blood tests or imaging studies of the head.
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