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Cheerleading Comes Under Increased Scrutiny in Texas

Whatever happened to just pom poms, a pretty face, and “go team?” These days to be a cheerleader you practically have to be an Olympic gymnast. What was once a school activity has transcended to a sport, and therein lies risk—concussion risk, and that’s something Texas officials are taking very seriously.

Following up the move “toward a 90-minutes-per-week limit on full-contact football practice…,” The University Interscholastic League “also voted to bring cheerleading in compliance with the section of the state education code pertaining to the prevention, treatment and oversight of concussions.”

As a result, “schools must now set up a cheerleading oversight team to ensure the activity follows school protocol for removing from practices or competitions participants believed to have suffered a concussion; and a protocol for their return to cheerleading after suffering a concussion.”

Requiring this compliance speaks to some alarming data. “According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, from 1982 to 2011, cheerleading accounted for 64.8% of all direct catastrophic injuries to girl athletes at the high school level and 70.6% at the college level.”

These startling stats “have prompted a wave of cheerleading concussion litigation. According to the editor of Concussion Litigation Reporter, parents of injured cheerleaders are alleging that the high schools could have done more to prevent their child’s injuries because the activity is, for the most part, unregulated.”

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Concussion Compliance Hosts National Symposium on Concussion Management to Tackle Transferring Today’s Expert Guidelines into Clinical Practice

Concussion Compliance announced today that it will hold a national symposium called “Bridging the Gap on Best-Practices in Concussion Management” on March 2, 2013 at the Norris Conference Center in Austin.

This event, sponsored by St. David’s HealthCare, will bring together leading medical experts and practitioners to discuss the issues dominating today’s best-practice concussion management and how to incorporate the guidelines as well as the use of several tools into clinical practice.

“Communication and education that crosses traditional boundaries are key factors to providing good concussion treatment for our young athletes,” said Theodore Spinks, M.D., chair of the symposium program planning committee. Dr. Spinks is a board certified neurosurgeon seeing patients in Austin, Round Rock, and Georget8357183670_f8d2f7c083_mown, Texas. He currently serves on the CDC Expert Panel for Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Spinks also served on the Texas Medical Association Committee on Concussions in Athletes during the last session of the Texas Legislature.

The symposium program provides an overview of the current best practices and consensus statements on concussion management, the latest scientific research, an update on tools available to practitioners, and perspectives from experts in concussion management.

Featured Topics include: The Physician’s Perspective; An Athletic Trainer’s Perspective; Head to Head: Cognitive Testing; Beyond Cognition: Balance Testing; A Look Into the Future: Vision Testing; Neurosurgical Management of Head Injuries and Concussion; and Implementation of Best Practices Into Clinical Practice

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Steven Erickson, who will present on the latest best practices in concussion management. Dr. Erickson is a medical consultant for Major League Baseball and serves on the MLB Medical Advisory Committee and the MLB Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.

Additional speakers include: Tina Bonci, MS, ATC, LAT; Mark Burnett, MD; Jason Clopton, OD, FCOVD; Steven Erickson, MD; Douglas Fox, MD; Derek Hamilton, OD; James Kemper, MD; Louann Kuntz, ATC, PT, DPT, MEd; Mike Lamb; Ken Locker, ATC; Mary McMains, OD, MEd, FCOVD; Shane Miller, MD; Anne Mucha, PT, DPT; Rachel Mundy, RN; Andrea Pana, MD; Martha Pyron, MD; Michael Reardon, MD; Paul Saenz, DO; Jamie Schlueter, MD; Emily Schottman, OD, FCOVD; Bucky Taylor, ATC; Richard Temple, PhD; Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT; and Rod Walters, DA, ATC.

“There’s no limit to what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Bridgett Wallace, owner and co-founder of Concussion Compliance and its sister company, Concussion Health. Wallace, PT, DPT, is also the president of 360 Balance, a specialty clinic in Austin. “It’s in the best interest of the injured athlete to have a broad, knowledgeable care team that may include their family, coaches, athletic trainers, team physician, school nurse and other allied healthcare providers.”

The intended audience includes athletic trainers, school nurses, allied healthcare professionals and physicians with an interest in sports medicine and concussion management.

“Each year, more than 300,000 people suffer from sport- related concussions in the US. The Texas Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing support to those in need through education, awareness and resource referral statewide for concussion health,” said Penny Phillips, president, Texas Brain Injury Alliance. “We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 National Symposium which will provide a full day of education from highly educated professionals in the concussion world.”

St. David’s HealthCare is the presenting sponsor of the national symposium. To date, other sponsors include ReBuild Products, Natus Medical, Balance and Mobility, Balance Engineering, Concussion Health, Wells Fargo Insurance’s Play It Safe Concussion Care, 360 Balance, CORE Health Care, Texas Brain Injury Alliance, Stars in Your Eyes, Neuro Resource Group, NeuroImpact, Biodex Medical Systems, and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

Concussion Compliance is a community outreach project by Concussion Health, which offers school superintendents, coaches, athletic trainers, primary care physicians, and parents a free online resource to increase the safety and care of student athletes while complying with state concussion laws. To learn more about the free compliance program and to view educational videos, go to concussioncompliance.com

For more info on the symposium, visit https://concussioncompliance.com/static/uploads/symposium_brochure_012613.pdf

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