Now in Altoona: UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program
UPMC’s nationally recognized concussion program is now accessible to residents of central Pennsylvania. The new concussion clinic provides individualized treatment plans based on the patient’s specific needs and goals for recovery.
About Brandon Gillie, PhD
Brandon Gillie, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Gillie provides expert concussion care to patients in the greater Altoona area. Because all concussions are different, Dr. Gillie works with each patient to develop a unique treatment plan that is specific to their own recovery goals.
Call to make your appointment at one of our two convenient locations:
Baseline Concussion Testing Now Available in Altoona
Neurocognitive ImPACT® (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and Pediatric ImPACT® baseline testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for young athletes in the Altoona region. Testing dates and times are available for the following age groups:
Developed by UPMC's concussion experts, the ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tools set a baseline for normal functioning brain activities. They're the most effective tools for comparing a person's neurocognitive state before a concussion occurs. They look at and record many aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive state, such as:
Testing dates begin in June and go through July, so reserve your spot today as registration is limited:
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions can happen to anyone, anywhere — on the road, at work, at home, or on the playing field. Getting prompt and effective treatment is crucial to recovery.
What is a Concussion?
With nearly 3 million sports related concussions a year and awareness for this serious condition growing, you might be wondering exactly what a concussion is. The word concussion comes from Latin and means “to shake violently.”
More About Our Program
Neuromythology: Debunking the Top Concussion Myths
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is helping people everywhere rethink concussions. To help demystify some of the misconceptions about concussion, Dr. Micky Collins breaks down the most common “neuromythology” being perpetuated today.
Infographic: Concussions are Treatable, but How?
Different concussions can have different symptoms and treatment plans. Follow along to understand what is typically associated with each.
Concussion Risk Factors: Delaying the Road to Recovery
The road to recovering from a concussion can be made longer by pre-existing conditions such as learning disabilities, a history of migraines, motion sickness, or eye misalignment. These can all play a role in lengthening the recovery time for concussions.
Understanding a Mood/Anxiety Concussion
If you suffer a mood/anxiety concussion, excessive worrying may seem to take over your life, among other symptoms. Click the link below to understand this disorienting type of concussion and to learn about treatment options.