Neurologist: Arizona’s Prep Athletes Getting Better about Reporting Concussions, More Initiatives Planned

A neurologist and brain injury expert at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center noted recently at a news conference that mandatory education to help prevent concussions is making a difference in Arizona when it comes to high school athletes reporting concussions.

“Two years ago we introduced a mandatory education program through the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) called Barrow Brainbook,” said Javier Cárdenas, MD. “So far more than 180,000 Arizona high school athletes have completed the education.” He noted that his clinic at Barrow has seen double the patient volume over the last two years.

Working with the AIA, and the Arizona Cardinals, Barrow has launched a concussion prevention video game for young athletes, called Barrow Brain Ball. The video game, which is geared toward children ages 8 to 12 and was funded through a grant by the Fiesta Bowl, reportedly teaches children how to safely avoid collisions with other players. The game is free and will soon be available for download on all Android and iPhones.

“We have developed concussion education for high school students, but until now there’s been minimal education available to youth athletes,” Dr. Cárdenas said. “Barrow Brain Ball is an innovative way for us to start teaching children throughout the U.S. about concussion early in age. We want them to learn how to play safe when they’re young. ”

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