Texas Health Resources opened its Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Concussion Centers, the region’s first outpatient clinics for the treatment and diagnosis of concussions. Stories about the clinics, located on the campuses of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, were featured on websites for D Healthcare Daily and the Fort Worth Business Press. Interviews, featuring Dr. Damon Blueitt, medical director of the Texas Health Fort Worth clinic, and Ken Locker, M.A., ATC, director of sports marketing for the Dallas clinic, also aired on KRLD (1080 AM), WBAP (820 AM) and KLIF (570 AM). Additional coverage is anticipated on WFAA-TV (Ch. 8), KXAS-TV (Ch. 5), KDFW-TV (Ch. 4) and KDAF-TV (Ch. 33), along with a story in the Star-Telegram and a segment on KTCK (1310 AM).
The centers are designed to improve concussion care for local athletes and help North Texas high schools comply with House Bill 2038. The new state law requires that an athlete who shows signs of a concussion must receive a doctor’s written permission before returning to competition. The centers do not require a physician’s referral for an appointment and feature the latest concussion-diagnosis technologies. Once concussion symptoms are gone, doctors at the centers will write a letter to the athlete’s parents and coaches; the law precludes coaches, parents and school administrators from making the return-to-play decision.
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