ImPACT Applications Partners with University Hospitals Case Medical Center

ImPACT Applications, Inc., developer of the ImPACT© Test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model, has entered into a partnership with University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center to improve concussion prevention, identification and treatment for athletes and individuals in the Cleveland area.

UH, located in Cleveland, Ohio, has begun using ImPACT neurocognitive baseline and post-injury testing in all schools that use UH physicians and/or athletic trainers. As part of the implementation, the UH clinical team will participate in intensive training on ImPACT test administration and the application of all aspects of ImPACT’s Concussion Management Model. UH is working toward having 10 physicians as Certified ImPACT Consultants (CICs) and 10 ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainers (ITATs), in recognition of the training and education they will receive.

“As in many hospitals across the country, the number of concussions treated at UH continues to rise,” says Anthony Furlan, MD, Chairman of Neurology and Co-director of the Neurological Institute at UH Case Medical Center. “As part of our commitment to quality, safety and best practices in patient care, we want to ensure the patients we serve receive the proper clinical assessment and specialty care after a concussion.”

As the official healthcare provider of the Cleveland Browns, UH will provide baseline and post-injury testing for a large number of professional athletes, school teams and local sports organizations. “These tests will greatly assist our specialists and athletic trainers in neurology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and sports medicine in gathering the data to make assessments and treatment plans should student athletes have a head injury on the field or court,” said Christopher Bailey, PhD, Director of the Concussion Program for the UH Neurological Institute.

“We are honored to work with the staff of University Hospitals and proud to provide them with the best-in-class concussion management tools,” says Michael Wahlster, chief executive officer of ImPACT Applications.

 

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Journalist Looks at the NFL and Growing Recognition of the Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Influential Associated Press journalist Eddie Pells recently wrote a piece that touched on the challenges the NFL faces with regarding to the growing acceptance of Marijuana use, especially as researchers uncover the drug’s “possible benefits for concussions.”

The article quoted retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington, who said: “It’s not, ‘let’s go smoke a joint. It’s, ‘what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?’”file0001845888789

Pells noted that Washington, who is part of the concussion lawsuit, “is working with a bio-pharmaceutical and phyto-medical company called KannaLife Sciences that recently received licensing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a drug to treat concussions using derivatives from medical marijuana.”

He went on to note the NFL’s sluggish reaction as far as recognizing the positive benefits of the drug.

“The league s threshold for a positive test remains 10 times lower than that of WADA, which changed its limit last year in a nod to the reality that the drug is not a performance enhancer,” he wrote.

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SLI’s Seventh Annual Impact Awards Set for October 30

The Sports Legacy Institute will hold its 7th Annual Impact Awards dinner on the night of October 30 at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston.

The event annually attracts 250 supporters, including former athletes and experts in the field. The 2013 event raised approximately $350,000 for concussion prevention, education, and research.Chris

Organizers of the event annually present the Impact Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to our mission “to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.”

Last year’s winner was the WWE. Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque accepted the award on behalf of the wrestling entity.

Past honorees have included:

  • The Ivy League, accepted by Executive Director Robin Harris
  • Boston University Professor Dr. Ann McKee
  • Former New England Patriot Kevin Turner & the Kevin Turner Foundation
  • The NFL, accepted by Commissioner Roger Goodell
  • Former New England Patriot Ted Johnson
  • Former NHL player Keith Primeau
  • Professional Boxer & WBU Champion Micky Ward
  • Captain William B. Reynolds (ret.)

The attend or sponsor, visit www.sportslegacy.org

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