Between four and five million concussions occur annually, with numbers increasing among middle school athletes.

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:

Hackensack Meridian Health K Hovnanian Children's Hospital at
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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

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

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

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