Concussion Specialist Keep Young Athletes Safe

A bump, blow or jolt to the head – whether from a fall, accident or sporting event – is an injury that can have serious consequences. Even a mild bump, if not properly treated, can alter the way your brain works. Repeated concussions can be life-altering if not properly treated. New assessment tools enable Mercy Health physicians to measure multiple aspects of brain function such as memory and mental processing speed, in order to assess a concussion’s severity.

The Mercy Health team of concussion specialists routinely manages athletes from middle school through college. With their expertise, young athletes safely return to play as quickly as possible following a sports concussion.

If you have a concussion or symptoms of a concussion, contact a Mercy Health physician today.

Symptoms of a concussion


  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering


  • Headache, blurred visionNausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light, noise


  • Irritable, sadNervous, anxious


  • Sleep more, less than usual

Symptoms of a concussion can occur immediately or have a delayed onset and usually resolve in a few days. However, some symptoms can last for weeks or months after the injury.

If your athlete experiences any of these symptoms, it is very important to see a physician right away for proper treatment and to prevent additional injury.

Ohio’s Return-to-Play Law

As healthcare providers, we understand the implications of a concussion, which is why we support Ohio’s Return-to-Play Law. The Return-to-Play Law was designed to protect the brains and futures of young student athletes by preventing them from continuing to play when exhibiting signs of a concussion.

The law, which went into effect on April 26, 2013, prohibits schools from allowing any athlete who exhibits symptoms of a concussion while practicing or playing in an athletic event to return to play on the same day. The athlete also cannot return to play until he/she is evaluated by a physician or other licensed medical provider, and the athlete provides written clearance from the medical professional that it is safe for the athlete to return to play.

For more information on the Ohio’s Return-to-Play law, click here.

Sports Medicine Staff


battagliaAthletic Trainer Barbara Battaglia is a native of Chicago, and has a master’s degree in Developmental Kinesiology from Bowling Green University, and received her degree in Athletic Training in 2012 from Xavier University. While at BGSU, she worked primarily with the women’s basketball team and men’s and women’s golf teams. She also had responsibilities surrounding Falcon football. As an undergraduate at Xavier University, she worked with the Musketeers’ men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, tennis, track and cross country programs, and also gained experience working with the St. Xavier High School football team.


kyle hickeyAthletic Trainer Kyle Hickey is a 2013 graduate of the Xavier athletic training program, where he served as the primary athletic trainer for the women's soccer team. He also joined the sports medicine team as an intern athletic trainer in 2015. Prior to his return to Xavier, Hickey received his master's degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with primary team responsibility  with the women's soccer team, while assisting with sports medicine coverage for Lobo track and field, swimming and football. He also served as a preceptor for students in the athletic training program. Hickey is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Board and is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Ohio. He is also a certified kinesiotape practitioner. Kyle currently resides in Cincinnati.


nayakDr. Suresh Nayak is the Turpin Athletics Team Physician from Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Mercy Health. He has been striving for excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery since 1995. His practice involves Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement surgery. This includes arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. Surgeries include, for the hip: labral repair, FAI surgery. Shoulder: rotator cuff repair; instability reconstruction, SLAP lesion repair. Knee: meniscal repair, ligament reconstruction. Cartilage preservation procedures are also a keen interest. In joint reconstruction, state of the art procedures such as Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement, Hip Resurfacing and Computer Navigated Total Knee Replacement are routine. Shoulder replacement surgery proceeds from Hemi-cap to Total Shoulder Replacement and includes the Reverse Ball and Socket, Delta prosthesis.These surgeries are married with the latest techniques in post surgery pain management protocols and with Implants that have proven longevity.