Concussion Management Program | Des Moines

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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Altoona, Iowa 50009

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Concussion Management Program

The specialists at UnityPoint Clinic know not every concussion is the same and each person will experience their injury differently. Our patient-centered concussion program offers patients a comprehensive evaluation and individualized plan of care that is tailored to their specific needs. We provide individualized therapy and recommendations to help children successfully return to school and return to play, and adults return to work or their daily routine as soon as possible.

Our program uses a series of tests, therapy exercises and drills to make sure each patient recovers as efficiently as possible. Based on the patient's treatment plan, services may be coordinated through physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/cognitive therapy, neuropsychology, optometry, neurology and other services as needed.

Expert Care

Our concussion management program is administered by our primary care sports medicine physicians and neuropsychologist.

  • Shawn Spooner, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM, brings his background in concussion rehabilitation from his training and service in the United States Navy. He actively participates in research efforts to better understand concussion injury and treatment.

  • Marc Molis, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM, has been a local area concussion resource for over a decade. He serves on the faculty of Des Moines University and regularly updates the community on concussion care.

  • Marla Shapiro, PhD, has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults with traumatic brain injuries and sports-related concussions. 

Specialized Technology

Our concussion program uses industry-leading technology to assess and treat patients of all ages recovering from concussions.

  • Dynavision, the leading visual-motor training device for concussion management, is used by our specially trained physical therapists to provide vestibular-ocular testing and rehabilitation. Dynavision tests the body's vision and balance systems and how they impact decision-making and concentration under stress as recovery progresses.

  • The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-5) evaluates an athlete's balance, coordination, cognition, symptoms and progress toward recovery.

  • Auricular acupuncture as adjunctive treatment of headache and stress response.

  • Alpha-Stim Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) as adjunctive treatment of headache and stress response.

C3Logix System

UnityPoint Clinic Sports Medicine uses the C3Logix System to evaluate and manage concussion treatment across the injury spectrum, from baseline testing to post-concussion assessment and return-to-play. Developed by the Cleveland Clinic, C3Logix uses a computerized testing platform to test an athlete's preseason baseline brain activity. In the event of a concussion, the results from the athletes baseline test can be compared to their post-concussion screening to determine the extent of their injury. C3Logix can also be applied to non-sport related concussions.

Baseline Testing

Baseline testing before a sports season starts can provide valuable information should an athlete sustain a concussion. Baseline testing is recommended once every two years. To request a baseline screening, contact UnityPoint Clinic Sports Medicine at (515) 276-3406