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ImPACT Selected by New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal to Support Head Injury Prevention Program

ImPACT Applications, Inc., developer of the ImPACT® test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model, has announced a partnership with New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), provider of property and casualty insurance programs for New York State public schools and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), to introduce “a comprehensive” Head Injury Prevention Program.

The Head Injury Prevention Program is designed to help subscriber school districts manage student athlete injuries and train faculty and staff to recognize, respond to and prevent school-sports-related concussions. NYSIR’s program utilizes ImPACT for neurocognitive baseline and post-injury concussion testing and to educate athletic directors, trainers, coaches, physical education instructors and school nurses on concussion management.

ImPACT testing and training is currently being phased in by NYSIR and by the end of February, NYSIR plans to have the Head Injury Prevention Program in every subscriber school district—over 350 New York public school districts altogether.  School sports covered by NYSIR’s agreement with ImPACT will include football, basketball, diving, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, cheerleading, field hockey, wrestling and alpine skiing.

“For 26 years,” notes NYSIR President Carleen Millsaps, “we have been a leading insurer of New York’s public schools. The ImPACT-NYSIR partnership is a giant leap forward in our endeavors to continually provide programs and services that protect our subscribers’ student athletes, and a positive step in the education of school officials and staff about the risks of sports related head injuries.”

“ImPACT is honored to partner with NYSIR in its Head Injury Protection Program,” says Michael Wahlster, Chief Executive Officer of ImPACT Applications. “The organization is leading a national trend where innovative insurers recognize the important role they can play in helping subscribers implement an end-to-end concussion management program.”

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Court Closes the Door on Concussed Plaintiff’s Claim, Dismissing with Prejudice

A federal judge from the has once again dismissed the claim of a former high school soccer player, who after being rebuffed twice before by the court, failed in a third bid to hold a school district and individual defendants liable for the concussion she suffered.

The player/plaintiff argued in the latest complaint that the defendants violated her Fourteenth Amendment due process right to bodily integrity. The court found that the defendants’ conduct does not “rise to the level of a Constitutional injury.” This time, it dismissed the claim with prejudice.

By way of background, the plaintiff suffered the concussion during a preseason soccer scrimmage in 2012. She collided with another player while going for a header. The plaintiff stayed in for the rest of the game, during which time she had collisions with other players and headed the ball several more times. Shhe began to experience headaches on the bus ride home from the scrimmage.

The next day, she was dizzy and had black spots in her field of vision. The day after that, she felt physically unable to play soccer and went to see the athletic trainer. Her mother picked her up from the trainer’s office and took her to the hospital where doctors confirmed that she had a traumatic brain injury, according to the complaint.

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U.S. Soccer CMO Says Heading Doesn’t Cause Concussions

U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Chiampas said in a media conference call that “heading, in and of itself doesn’t cause concussions.”

Chiampas further clarifed his statement that “purposeful heading has not shown to this date scientifically to lead directly to concussions.”

He further noted that the earlier “changes” that U.S. Soccer has made “are based on expert opinion at this point, realizing that science is still evolving.

‘We know that the vast majority of concussions occur when there is contact between players trying to head the ball,” said Chiampas. “Whether that is head-to-head contact, elbow-to-head or their head hitting the ground while challenging for the ball in the air; by reducing the number of those aerial challenges to head the ball, we believe we will decrease the incident of concussions.”

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