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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Concussion Awareness a Vital Part of Keeping Athletes Healthy

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

This time of year students across North Texas are participating in athletic contests at every level from middle school through college. Many contests expose young athletes to the danger of concussion injury, especially if they’re playing football or soccer.

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine is helping athletes, trainers and coaches across North Texas understand, diagnose and treat concussions. In August, we opened two new outpatient concussion centers on the campuses of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The centers are the only dedicated, multi-disciplinary sports concussion clinics in North Texas.

Research has shown that athletes need adequate rest from physical activities and some forms of mental stimulation to allow the brain to recover from concussion.

A team of physicians, neuropsychologists and certified athletic trainers evaluate each athlete and develop plans for academic and athletic reintegration. They prescribe treatment and keep a close watch on the students through the recovery process to help them heal so they can go back to competition when they are truly ready.

Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve, and that includes educating and protecting our young students who are the future leaders of our communities.

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

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