The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that U.S. emergency departments annually treat 135,000 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries like concussions among children ages 5 to 18.
In response to this startling number, The Methodist Concussion Center provides free, on-site education at local schools on how to prevent and recognize concussion.
Concussion Center clinicians have made great strides in educating and treating the community. Presentations, baseline testing (using ImPACT software) and the distribution of educational materials at high schools, athletic clinics, and Methodist-sponsored health care events throughout the area have been received with enthusiasm and support.
To learn more about on-site education, please contact Deidre Duke at 713-441-8277 or DLDuke@tmhs.org.
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has partnered with the Concussion Center to promote awareness of concussions and prevention methods.
“I’m excited to be part of this partnership,” Schaub says. “I think it’s vital to reach out to our youth and our student-athletes and educate them and their parents and coaches on understanding concussions recognizing them, diagnosing them and treating them.”
Schaub suffered a concussion in 2007, which caused him dizziness and temporary memory loss that kept him on the sidelines. As a result, he understands the importance of diagnosing and treating concussions right away so that patients can get back into their normal routines as quickly as possible.