MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Throughout the 2012 season, the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center (AMMC) has successfully implemented a comprehensive Concussion Management Program for professional motocross athletes competing in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. With a grant from Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation and the support of MX Sports Pro Racing, ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baselines for all competitors have been completed.
Paul R. Reiman, M.D., Medical Advisor for the AMMC Concussion program, along with Eddie Casillas, ATC, Program Coordinator, have implemented the concussion evaluation and treatment process. Riders with a suspected concussion will be evaluated at the event, and if a concussion is confirmed, the rider will be referred to a concussion specialist in their area for care and follow-up testing until results have returned to baseline. The rider will then undergo an exertion stress test and if all three components are met – physician evaluation, examination after exercise, and an ImPACT test that returns to baseline – the rider will be released to riding. All riders must have a final evaluation, by the Chief Medical Officer of the event, at the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center prior to returning to competition.
John Bodnar, M.D., Medical Director of the AMMC, wanted to thank the professional motocross community for its strong support during the implementation process.
“I particularly want to thank Shoei Helmets for its financial support, (along with) MX Sports Pro Racing and Feld Motor Sports for their concern and dedication to rider safety,” said Bodnar. “As well as Eddie Casillas, ATC, and Paul R. Reiman, M.D., for their expertise and hard work in designing and implementing this comprehensive modern concussion program.”
Athletes entering professional competition, or other individuals interested in learning more about the ImPACT program, should contact Eddie Casillas, ATC, at 760-575-4878 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul R. Reiman, M.D., at 951-461-8684.
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