The best part of the video when they make the clear point that even if a physician has written a clearance notice that an athletic trainer reserves the right to hold the athlete out. Kudos to all the parties involved in this initiative: AthletiCo, Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, and Midwest Center for Concussion Care.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Chicagoland Sports Physicians Concussion Update presented by AthletiCo, in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. I was invited by my medical director, along with our sports medicine physical therapist; the three of us went north to listen to three very good presentations, network and get ideas for our hospital (the food was also great).
Heading in I knew the primary audience for this meeting was physicians MD and DO, in fact I believe that of the 70 or so people I think there were only 5 athletic trainers and 3 physical therapists. It seemed the room was evenly split between practicing physicians and residents, with some very knowledgeable and exceptional physicians in attendance. I was extremely encouraged to see all the “young” physicians willing to learn about concussions, some of whom didn’t even focus on Sports Medicine, but they wanted information.
There were three presentations on the night; Chicago and Illinois legislation regarding concussions, Vestibular Rehabilitation for treatment of concussions and Point-Counterpoint of Neurcognitive Testing; possibly the three most poignant topics in the area.