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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Concussion Management at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

High school athletes across Texas are returning to school this fall with new protocols for concussions. As of Aug. 1, the University Interscholastic League requires athletes who sustain concussions during UIL sports activities to sit out for the remainder of the day. Student athletes also must obtain written clearance from a physician before returning to play.

These new, stronger requirements are designed to keep student athletes safer. At Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, we are working with 120 schools and club sports teams across North Texas to help coaches and parents determine not only when it’s safe for their athletes to return to play, but also to class, after a concussion.

Since 2008, more than 32,000 North Texas student athletes have received ImPACT™ baseline testing through the Concussion Management Program at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. The test establishes an athlete’s neurocognitive function. After a concussion, the test is retaken, allowing the computer system to calculate if there’s been a change to the athlete’s cognitive efficiency.

Of those we have given the baseline test, approximately one in 15 have returned to be retested after suffering a concussion. In addition to resting from sports, our athletic trainers and physicians recommend a period of total rest during recovery from a concussion — from class, even from video games — to give the brain adequate time to heal.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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