Monthly Archives: October 2011

Company Announces Partners Supporting Its Software Application

A Florida company announced today that a number of organizations and other entities are supporting the need for proper concussion education in sports by supporting the introduction of its software application.

PAR, Inc. said the following companies and organizations “have shown their commitment to concussion research and education by becoming PARtners: The Children’s National Medical Center, the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, Safe Kids USA, MomsTeam, Xenith, Sports Legacy Institute, the Youth Football Coaches Association, and the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.”

The company says its application, called the Concussion Recognition & Response™, can help coaches and parents recognize whether an individual “is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. The app also features home symptom monitoring that can be e-mailed to a health care provider following a concussion; a return-to-play guide that protects children from further injury by easing their reintroduction to play; as well as home and school instructions that can be e-mailed to parents, teachers, or caregivers to share important information about how to recognize and respond to head injuries. The CRR app can help coaches to comply with state laws that mandate education, documentation, and progress monitoring in athletes with concussions.”

The application is available for purchase at the Apple® App Store (SM) and the Android Market. More information on the application or any of our PARtners, can be found at http://crr.parinc.com

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NCAA Hit with Class Action Concussion Lawsuit

By Gregg Clifton of Jackson Lewis

Gregg Clifton

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of Illinois against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and NCAA Football on behalf of current and former NCAA football players who sustained a concussion(s) or suffered concussion-like symptoms while playing football at an NCAA school.  The lawsuit alleges the NCAA has failed to take meaningful steps to prevent student athletes from sustaining concussions.  In addition, the lawsuit claims the NCAA has ignored studies showing the risks and effects of concussions, such as early-onset dementia, depression, and lowered cognitive abilities, and failed to implement policies to address the problem.  This litigation marks the first targeting the NCAA rather than the players’ individual alma mater.

While the September 12, 2011, complaint acknowledges the NCAA’s April 2010 mandate requiring each NCAA school to implement a concussion management plan by August 2010, it describes the mandate as follows:  “Boiled down to its essence, the plan rejects any measure of responsibility for the NCAA, its member schools, and the coaching staff of individual teams; and instead, puts the burden squarely on the shoulders of student-athletes – the same student athletes who have just sustained fresh head trauma – to seek out medical attention, or decide whether to seek it in the first place.”  Essentially, the NCAA’s mandate is alleged to be too little, too late.

In fact, the NCAA’s mandate was issued shortly after La Salle University settled a negligence lawsuit dealing with the return to play of a former football player for approximately $7.5 million.   The former athlete was severely debilitated after suffering repeated concussions and alleged La Salle University allowed him to return to the field too soon.

The class action lawsuit serves as a sharp reminder that colleges or universities with athletic programs, whether NCAA or not, should maintain and implement a clear Concussion Management Plan to help ensure the safety of athletes and minimize exposure to the organization.  Moreover, even if a Concussion Management Plan is in place, it is important to monitor whether or not the Plan is effective and if your organization is following the Plan as drafted.  When dealing with concussions you cannot be too careful or too prepared.

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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Suggests ‘Specialized Intervention’ Speeded Up the Recovery of the NHL’s Sidney Crosby

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress put out a press release today, which suggested that a  Doctor of Chiropractic with specialized training in neurology has helped NHL superstar Sidney Crosby recover from a concussion.

“After a traumatic vestibular concussion resulted in year-long symptoms of instability, fogginess, dizziness and light sensitivity,” Crosby has “improved cognitive and physical functioning and is progressing remarkably well.”

“In professional hockey alone, there are more than 50,000 hits annually, and far too many of these are serious injuries to the head,” says Dr. Ted Carrick, the Chiropractic Neurologist who treats Crosby and other NHL and NFL players. Dr. Carrick is the Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Life University, Marietta, Ga., and points to vestibular concussions as a national epidemic requiring a resolution.

He added that “Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. Many people who suffer these injuries suffer seemingly irreparable symptoms that affect their daily activities and performance. With experience specific to the neurological system, our specially trained team utilizes an exclusive neurologically-based intervention that oftentimes is successful in the recovery process.”

According to the Foundation, board certified Chiropractic Neurologists “are specialists within the chiropractic profession that receive an additional three years of specialty training following a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, to specifically deal with the functional integrity of the brain and nervous system.

“Treatment methods are brain-based, non-invasive, drug-free physical rehabilitation, using receptor-based stimulation, such as chiropractic adjustments, movement, light, taste and smell, in conjunction with nutritional therapies, exercise and rehabilitation. Collectively, these approaches work to re-establish balance as well as maximal brain and nervous system functionality.”

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