TexPTS Provides Concussion Identification Via ImPACT Screening For The San Antonio Youth Hockey Association

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Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) has recently agreed to provide ImPACT screens for the San Antonio Youth Hockey Association (SAYHA). ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically sound computerized concussion evaluation system available for athletes. TexPTS’ physical therapists provide critical education and concussion identification via ImPACT screening for youth athletes.

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ImPACT screening is a great mechanism for making sure that athletes get back on track after a head injury...That’s why TexPTS recommends ImPACT screens to all athletes, especially those who participate in contact sports, like hockey.

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) has recently agreed to provide ImPACT screens for the San Antonio Youth Hockey Association (SAYHA). ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically sound computerized concussion evaluation system available for athletes. TexPTS’ physical therapists provide critical education and concussion identification via ImPACT screening for youth athletes.

SAYHA is a non-profit organization founded to support and promote youth ice hockey in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. SAYHA teams compete in the North Texas Hockey League (NTXHL) and play and practice at the Northwoods Ice Center.

“TexPTS is proud to be the provider of choice for the San Antonio Youth Hockey Association’s physical therapy needs,” says Dr. Jon Sams, PT, DPT, TexPTS Bulverde/Spring Branch clinic director. “Our staff is committed to providing the highest level of care possible to each child and dedicated to helping prevent concussions, as well as the proper diagnosis and treatment when they occur.”

Sport-induced brain injuries, such as concussions, are a recent hot topic in the media. The long term effects of head trauma are now becoming evident among athletes in a variety of sports of all skill levels. Dave Duerson, Chicago Bears 1985 Superbowl Champion, committed suicide earlier this year. Some have attributed his suicide to concussion damage to his brain.

In June 2011, the American Journal of Sport Medicine estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur every year in the United States. As medical professionals continue to learn more about concussions, their causes and effective treatments, it has become imperative to accurately identify concussions to determine proper treatment. Neurological screens, such as ImPACT, can play a large role in accurate concussion identification.

A 2010 study in the Journal of Pediatrics reports that student athlete traumatic brain injuries have increased 70% from 1997-2007. More than one-third of the student basketball players in the same study did not recognize concussion symptoms. If athletes return to play without proper healing time, they can experience staggering neurological injury or even death.

“While helmets provide great benefits by preventing skull fractures and lacerations, they are not really designed to stop concussions,” explains Sams. “ImPACT screening is a great mechanism for making sure that athletes get back on track after a head injury. If not treated properly, concussions are life threatening. That’s why TexPTS recommends ImPACT screens to all athletes, especially those who participate in contact sports, like hockey.”

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

TexPTS physical therapists are the best first choice for concussion education for youth athletes and their families. For more information on TexPTS’ Sports Medicine Program, neurological screens, and sideline coverage, visit TexPTS.com.

About Texas Physical Therapy Specialists:
Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is a private physical therapy practice with locations throughout San Antonio, Austin, and Tyler. Known for teaching and training physical therapists all over the US, TexPTS physical therapists pride themselves in being spine experts. They deliver hands-on physical therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with sports injuries, bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and work injuries. Along the way, the TexPTS family has fun and makes friends with their patients (and their pets, their kids, their in-laws, and neighbors….) Perhaps this is why they were voted the Best Private Physical Therapy Practice in the U.S. in 2009 by their peers in the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information visit our website at TexPTS.com or find us on Facebook.

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