Concussion Management Program for Post Traumatic Brain Injury…from Biodex

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Concussion management program brings together cognitive and functional assessments to manage concussions in athletes.

As a leader in sports medicine and rehabilitation, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc., brings together cognitive and functional assessments to manage concussions in athletes, using accepted tools and methods. The Biodex Concussion Management Program was developed by Biodex with collaboration and input provided by Bridgett Wallace, certified vestibular therapist and president of 360◦ Balance and other leading specialists, to develop the program as a turn-key solution to the assessment and management of concussions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.1 million persons in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). (1) The CDC also finds these individuals are treated and released from hospital emergency departments each year while an additional 235,000 are hospitalized for these injuries. The statistics are staggering for both sport and non-sport related TBIs. However, according to the CDC, for youths:

  •     Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 135,000 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18.
  •     Athletes who have ever had a concussion are at increased risk for another concussion.
  •     Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.

The Biodex Concussion Management Program starts with baseline testing using objective neuro-physical balance testing to compliment the neuro-cognitive testing tool of choice. A simple clinical guideline for a sideline assessment and follow up evaluation provides insight to the question, “Can this athlete return to play?” Even for facilities that have a concussion program in-place, the Biodex program provides evaluation criteria in conjunction with technology. The Balance System SD adds vital vestibular and objective balance assessment recently found so important in concussion evaluation. Doctors, athletes, parents, coaches and administrators feel confident as decisions are based on best practices, objective data and clinical protocols.

Biodex utilizes enhanced technology to complement the screening process because the naked eye cannot pick up everything and often misses vital cues. Both the Balance System SD and the Biodex BioSway were designed to detect the slightest changes providing invaluable insight into where the patient is in the total recovery process. These balance assessment tools are versatile and can be used for static and dynamic balance testing, training and screening for concussions as well as athletic knee injury screening tests.

The benefits of using the Biodex Concussion Management Program include an easy-to-follow algorithm allowing coaches, ATCs and PTs to take advantage of the program; evidenced-based protocol facilitates medically supported “return-to-play” decision process; instrumented objective balance testing utilizing the Biodex Balance System SD or the portable BioSway for quick and objective comparisons of test scores. The management program also comes with ongoing education and support with print-on-demand protocols, graded symptom checklist and educational materials.

The Biodex Concussion Management Program will be featured at the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), in New Orleans, at the Biodex booth 1149, beginning on June 20th. Attendees will be able to test their balance for a chance to win an iPad 2.

(1) “Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries from Sports and Recreation Activities—United States 2001-2005”, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. 7/26/2007

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