Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation has opened a concussion center, providing therapy in a health-care area that has gotten increasing attention.

Bacharach Concussion Center services are available on the rehabilitation institute’s main campus on Jimmie Leeds Road, in the Pomona section of Galloway Township.

Mark Chelder, Bacharach neuropsychologist and coordinator of its brain injury and neuropsychology programs, said the federal government considers concussions at near-epidemic levels. That has made the brain injuries, especially from sports, a special focus of the media.

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“At Bacharach, we felt our experience in rehabilitation puts us in a unique place to evaluate and treat student athletes, as well as adults, who might sustain a concussion on a weekend,” said Chelder, of Galloway Township.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur annually in the United States.

A 2011 CDC report said emergency room visits for concussions — also known as traumatic brain injury — increased from 153,375 to 248,418 from 2001 to 2009, with the highest rates of treatment among males 10 to 19 years old.

The concussion center will offer evaluation, neurocognitive assessment, follow-up care, rehabilitation, treatment for post-concussion syndrome, education and support for mild traumatic brain injury patients.

Chelder said schools can send athletes to the center for a determination of whether they are able to resume their activity.

“A typical post-concussion athlete will generally express symptoms of headaches, nausea, cognitive issues such as attention and memory problems, and emotional issues such as irritability and stress,” he said.

The center will also provide treatment for post-concussion syndrome, which can include physical, cognitive and emotional/psychological issues.

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