Between four & five million concussions occur annually with rising numbers among middle school athletes.

"It is that time of year" - With football season here, unfortunately it is also the time when future Hall of Famers and other athletes will suffer from a concussion injury.

American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that in the last decade, emergency room visits for children ages 8-13 has doubled with concussions rising 200% in teens ages 14-19.

High school football accounts for 47% of all reported sports concussions with 33% of reported concussions occurring during football practice followed by hockey and soccer.

More than 75% of head injuries are mild and do not lose consciousness – that does NOT mean that you should not be evaluated by a physician.

If you are concerned whether you have suffered a concussion, you have multiple options:

Come into to any one of our four urgent care centers to be evaluated by one of our physicians. No appointments needed and we are open 7 days a week.

  • Brick
  • Jackson
  • Toms River
  • Ship Bottom (LBI) * Not open 7 days – please check schedule

Come into one of our emergency departments

  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center
  • Bayshore Community Hospital

Come to one of our concussion centers:

K Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Stephen G. Rice, M.D., Medical Director

Ocean Medical Center
Kristine C. Keane, PsyD, Co-Medical Director
Alan Cabasso, M.D., Co-Medical Director

Southern Ocean Medical Center
Tommasina Papa-Rugino, M.D., Medical Director