TexPTS Provides Concussion Identification via ImPACT Screening

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Therapists Use Advanced Screening System To Identify Concussions in Student Athletes, Recommend Critical Next Steps

'Athletes who return to play without allowing for proper healing can experience staggering neurological injury and in some cases death. Bottom line, it’s not worth skipping one of these 20-minute screenings.' - Jon Sams

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is a proud provider of critical Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) screening for concussions. ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically sound computerized concussion evaluation system available.

In June 2011, the American Journal of Sports Medicine estimated that up to 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the United States. Sport-induced brain injuries, like concussions, continue to be an especially hot topic in the media as the long-term effects of head trauma become evident among athletes of all skill levels. As medical professionals continue to learn more about concussions, their causes, and effective treatments, it has become clear it is imperative to accurately identify concussions to determine proper treatment. Neurological screens, such as ImPACT, can play a large role in accurate concussion identification.

“ImPACT screening is a great mechanism for ensuring athletes are healthy before hitting the field again, no matter the sport,” said Jon Sams, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS. “If not treated properly, concussions are life threatening. Athletes who return to play without allowing for proper healing can experience staggering neurological injury and in some cases death. Bottom line, it’s not worth skipping one of these 20-minute screenings.”

The Certified Athletic Trainers and Sports Certified Specialists at TexPTS provide ImPACT screening during the pre-season to measure brain abilities and are also present at student athletic events. If an injury occurs they can immediately compare the student’s pre-season brain abilities to his or her current abilities. This helps to identify symptoms and the severity of the concussion. TexPTS then refers athletes, as needed, to doctors who specialize in the treatment of these injuries.

Physical therapists at TexPTS are the best first choice for concussion education and have the ability to identify concussion symptoms and recommend critical next steps not only for student athletes, but for anyone who may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. TexPTS is home to more board certified specialists than any other practice in Texas. To learn more about TexPTS’ services, or to book an appointment with one of our expert therapists, please call 888.658.8483 or visit http://www.texpts.com.

About Texas Physical Therapy Specialists:
Founded in 2005, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is a private physical therapy practice with locations throughout the following areas: Austin, Cibolo, Central Texas, Dallas, Georgetown, Hill County, Liberty Hill, Live Oak, Randolph Air Force Base, New Braunfels, Parmer/Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos, Schertz, Selma, Spring Branch, and Universal City. Known for teaching and training physical therapists all over the US, TexPTS physical therapists take pride in delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to their patients with the best results. Our clinicians have a have a wide range of clinical expertise in manual physical therapy, spine care and rehabilitation, general orthopaedic conditions and rehabilitation, sports specific injuries, workplace injuries and much more. TexPTS was voted one of the Top 50 Places to Work in San Antonio in 2011, 2013, and 2014 by their own employees, the Best Private Physical Therapy Practice in the U.S. in 2009 by their peers in the American Physical Therapy Association and has been recognized on the Inc. 500/5000 lists for the past three years. For more information visit TexPTS.com or the TexPTS Facebook page.

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