Concussions

Swarthmore is a rigorous academic insitution. As a Swarthmore student, you have much to contribute to many endeavors. A concussion, however, can put many of those endeavors on hold. A concussion can be a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. If you think you have a concussion, please pursue appropriate care by seeking attention at the Student Health and Wellness Center, the Sports Medicine Department, or by calling Public Safety's Emergency number 610-328-8333.

Swarthmore has a Concussion Team to help you navigate your health concerns and your academics. The team is available to help you as your brain heals and you safely return to activity. As challenging as this may be, letting your brain rest and heal can help you to make a steady recovery:

The Concussion Team includes:

  • for students: Alice Holland, Director of Student Health and Wellness, phone: 610-328-8058
  • for student athletes: Sports Medicine Department (Dr. Charles Hummer, Director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician, Marie Mancini, Head Athletic Trainer; Jessica Lydon, Assistant Athletic Trainer; Allison Hudak, Assistant Athletic Trainer; Christie Orgera, Assistant Athletic Trainer), Concussion Specialist Dr. Eric Lake.
  • for academic support: Michelle Ray, Case Manager and Grievance Advisor (Dean's Office), phone: 610-690-5299, office: Parrish East 116.

If your medical needs might require longer-term disability accommodations, then you may be referred to Director of Student Disability Services Leslie Hempling.

For faculty and staff:

If a student reaches out to you about a concussion, then please encourage them to seek medical care and to work with the Concussion Team. If a student has been in conversation with Michelle Ray and the student has given permission to share information with you, then Michelle will reach out to you as-needed about academic assistance and the student's return to study.