Community Sports Medicine joins Indiana Sports Concussion Network
Indianapolis, IN–Community Health Network Sports Medicine has joined the Indiana Sports Concussion Network (ISCN) to support increasing public awareness of sports-related concussions and to increase resources available to all Community Health physicians who care for sports-related concussions. ISCN supports concussion education to student athletes, parents, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers and health care providers, including physicians. ISCN was formed in 2008 with the goal to improve the diagnosis and awareness of concussions that historically had been undetected, untreated or improperly managed in athletes.
Many physicians in the Community Health System have received training provided by the ISCN and are ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) certified. These physicians strive to provide the care and management standards for sports-related concussions as identified by the ISCN.
“It is important for us to be a part of supporting the education and training that Indiana Sports Concussion Network provides to the student athletes in our communities. We’re happy to be a part of making a difference in the education and concussion care management in athletes we treat,” says Nichole Wilson, Director of Physical Therapy and Rehab and Sports Medicine.
ISCN provides support and education to personnel directly involved with student athletes to help these individuals better recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and understand the importance of managing the concussion through all the recovery stages for the athlete. The ISCN recommends using the ImPACT test to help gain information on the baseline function of the brain in individual athletes, commonly referred to as a baseline test. Post-injury testing is then used in the management of diagnosed concussions in athletes to help determine recovery and their return to play.
Clinicians are trained to administer, read, and interpret the ImPACT test. The test is only one part of the process used by physicians to assess and manage the athlete's concussion. Students are recommended to be examined by ImPACT-trained physicians who will use patient symptoms, physical exam findings which include neurologic testing, ImPACT test results, and their own clinical experience in the management process. Through this process, the physician will evaluate for recovery and ultimately develop a return to play program when recovery has occurred.
Visit eCommunity.com/sports or IndianaSportsConcussionNetwork.com to learn more about concussion testing.
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need themin hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.