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Concussions

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Swarthmore is a rigorous academic institution. 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 includes:

  • for students: Casey Anderson, Director of Student Health and Wellness, 610-328-8058
  • for student athletes: Sports Medicine Department (Dr. Charles Hummer, Director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician, Marie Mancini, Director of Sports Medicine; Allison Hudak, Head Athletic Trainer; Christie Orgera, Assistant Athletic Trainer; Sandy Viguers, Athletic Trainee Intern) and concussion specialists Drs. Eric Lake and Robert Cabry.
  • for academic support: Dean of Academic Success Tomoko Sakomura, 610-328-8119.

If your condition persists for six weeks or longer and/or your medical needs might require longer-term disability accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services.

For faculty and staff

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