Motocross Minimizes Risks with Concussion Management Program

AMA Pro Racing is utilizing a comprehensive concussion management program for its professional motocross athletes.

Its partner in the effort is the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center (AMMC), which received a grant from Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation and the support of MX Sports Pro Racing to conduct ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baselines for all competitors.

Paul R. Reiman, M.D., Medical Advisor for the AMMC Concussion program, along with Eddie Casillas, ATC, Program Coordinator, are overseeing the concussion evaluation and treatment process.

Riders with a suspected concussion will be evaluated at the event, and if a concussion is confirmed, the rider will be referred to a concussion specialist in their area for care and follow-up testing until results have returned to baseline. The rider will then undergo an exertion stress test and if all three components are met – physician evaluation, examination after exercise, and an ImPACT test that returns to baseline – the rider will be released to riding. All riders must have a final evaluation, by the Chief Medical Officer of the event, at the AMCC prior to returning to competition.

 

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