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New Concussion Assessment Tool to Help Southwest Georgia Athletes...

Albany, GA

News Release - Casey Dixon
Phoebe Public Relations Coordinator

ALBANY, Ga. – Student sports injuries, particularly concussions, are a hot topic on playing fields across the country. PhoebeFoundation and Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group are bringing state-of-the-art, high tech equipmentand clinical ability to diagnose concussions to the sidelines of athletic fields in Southwest Georgia with the introduction of the ImPACT® computerized cognitive assessment tool.

The ImPACT software gives healthcare providers important data used in evaluating when or if an athlete has a concussion, and when that athlete can return to play. The system measures the athlete’s attention span, reaction time, memory and problem solving skills, which all give information to the healthcare provider, aiding in assessing the athlete’s situation. The mobile capabilities of the system, with tools available for tablets and smartphones, increase the speed at which the tests can be given to the athlete.

Dr. Kiyoshi Yamazaki, a sports medicine physician at Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group, is trained in concussion management and incorporates this system in his treatment protocol.“Over the course of the last decade concussions have moved to the forefront of athletic injury discussions,” said Dr. Yamazaki. “From NFL athletes to weekend warriors to Pee Wee football players, head injuries and concussions can affect everyone. Current guidelines for recognition and management of brain injury focus on individualized assessment of brain function and custom-tailored symptom-based treatment.

“Our decision to implement the ImPACT system will enhance our capabilities to return our athletes to play as quickly as possible without compromising their safety,” he added. “It is a great safety measure for the athlete and a great tool for the physician.”

Funds for this life-saving system were made possible through the Phoebe Foundation.

“Having a system like this in place to protect the student athletes of Southwest Georgia is possible because of generous donations to the Foundation,”said Phoebe Foundation Executive Director Lauren Ray. “The system allows a trained clinical professional to conduct a sideline assessmentif a concussion is suspected. We are encouraging our children to be involved in physical activities, and at the same time, we want to have the best equipment available so our clinical staff can help the children of our community, if needed.”

About Phoebe Foundation
Phoebe Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the patients Phoebe serves. The foundation raises funds through events including the annual Jingle Bell Jog, Lights of Love, Lopez Hospice Golf Classic, annual giving, and planned giving programs. For information about Phoebe Foundation’s efforts, go to www.supportphoebe.or or contact them directly at 229-312-4483.

About Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group
Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group offers a full range of orthopedic services to help relieve pain and restore active lifestyles with the best possible recovery from injuries. Its board-certified physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating all orthopedic conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic physician, please call 229-312-5000.

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