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ImPACT Applications, Inc., developer of the ImPACT© Test and the ImPACT Concussion Management Model, has released a neurocognitive assessment product for businesses, corporations and occupational medicine. ImPACT© Workplace – the latest addition to ImPACT’s line of products – “is designed to provide employers, healthcare providers, and wellness professionals with an empirically validated, reliable and valid procedure for evaluating the neurocognitive status of their employee or patient,” according to the company.
ImPACT Workplace offers corporations “an efficient, convenient and cost effective way of incorporating neurocognitive evaluation into their health and wellness programs, critical employee evaluations, or return to work protocols. Since ImPACT Workplace removes subjectivity from the decision process, it is ideal for post-injury job accommodation determinations and return-to-work decisions.”
The company notes that “more and more companies are realizing that healthy neurocognitive functioning of their employees can play a crucial role” in workplace efficiency and productivity.
“Typically, companies have focused their wellness-at-work programs on reducing physical risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and diabetes,” said Michael Wahlster, chief executive officer of ImPACT Applications. “Forward thinking companies are turning their attention to assessing neurocognitive status as part of these wellness programs, as well as using it to help guide management decisions.”
Marvin Lewis has been in the NFL for decades, or more than enough time to witness the concussion issue move to the front burner. So when the Cincinnati Bengals head football coach was asked in a press conference earlier this week about the well being of Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who suffered a concussion in each of the first two weeks of the season, he didn’t mince words.
“Well, he had a concussion against Atlanta. That’s that biggest concern that way,” Lewis said. “You don’t want him to have, you know, but again I coached defenses and linebackers for a long time and concussions didn’t linger. Now we have found that because of the media and things they seem to linger longer. There’s a lot of attention paid to it. I don’t know why they linger longer. I don’t remember them lingering like they do now.”
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.