The Dallas-Fort Worth area is arguably the nation’s hotbed when it comes to high school football.
So it should surprise no one, given the intensity of K-12 football in that market, that it may one day become a nerve center for concussion clinics.
News broke last week that both Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas have opened concussion outpatient centers, the first of their kind in North Texas that are dedicated to sports concussions, according to Texas Health Resources.
Dr. Damond Blueitt, medical director of the Fort Worth clinic, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that his center will ensure that young athletes will be “promptly seen by a concussion specialist who can accurately determine whether the athlete may return to competition.
“You see a lot of concussions that go to primary care physicians or other physicians who may or may not be comfortable treating them,” he said. “There are a lot of concussions out there that may go undiagnosed or may not be treated as serious they ought to be treated.”
Blueitt said the Fort Worth center has between six and eight staff members, a number that could go up depending on patient volume.