Baptist Health Makes $25,000 Grant to Concussion Program for Jacksonville Youth Athletes

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The grant to the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) will be used for testing and education regarding concussions in youth sports.

Baptist Health made a $25,000 grant this month to the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) for testing and education regarding concussions in youth sports.

The grant will be used to perform baseline testing for athletes and to conduct tests after an injury.

The money will also help fund education programs for athletes, coaches, parents and physicians about concussion symptoms, safety and treatment.

“The safety of the children participating in athletic activities is of paramount importance,” said Lynn Sherman, director of community health for Baptist Health. “We are excited to partner with the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program to provide this service.”

Following the state concussion law signed last year by Gov. Rick Scott, JSMP helped develop return-to-play guidelines and assemble the Northeast Florida Regional Sports Concussion Task Force.

“This gift will provide us the ability to offer this specialized baseline test to our area student athletes and also make this tool available to our local physicians should a head injury happen to a Duval County Public Schools athlete,” said Robert Sefcik, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program.

The grant was announced March 13 at the JSMP Annual National Athletic Trainers Month Social and Educational Lecture Series.

“From 2001 to 2009, the number of annual Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)-related emergency room visits nationally increased significantly, from about 153,000 to 248,000 -- with the highest rates among males between the ages of 10 and 19,” Sefcik said.

“The incidence, severity and long-term health effects of TBI among children and teens can be significantly reduced by increasing awareness of the inherent risks involved from sports participation, using proper technique and protective equipment and recognizing injuries when they occur,” Sefcik said.


    About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system comprised of Baptist Medical Center Downtown and Baptist Heart Hospital; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – Jacksonville’s only children’s hospital. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status, an international quality designation that recognizes excellence in patient care. Baptist Health also includes cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services; a comprehensive cancer center; orthopaedic institute; women’s resource center; neurosciences, including neurosurgery and two Joint Commission-certified stroke centers; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; outpatient facilities; urgent care services and a network of primary care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. Baptist Health is the official healthcare provider for the Jacksonville Jaguars. For more information, visit For information on Wolfson Children’s Hospital, visit

About Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program
The Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) is a volunteer based organization that is dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes in northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) is a unique community healthcare coalition affiliated with local institutions dedicated to delivering the highest quality care for our youth athletes. Founded in 1987, JSMP provides many valuable services to the community to improve and maintain the health and well-being of our local student athletes as well as our recreational athletes and weekend warriors. We are a community driven organization consisting of healthcare professionals, physicians, school & recreational coaches, administrators, parents and others interested in promoting sports safety. JSMP, an IRS 501c3 charitable, Non-Profit organization is committed to making Northeast Florida a safer place to play.

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