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CHLA, L.A. Kings High School Hockey League Join Forces To Provide Baseline Concussion Testing

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 – 12:28 PM

Pictured: Tracy Zaslow, MD, director of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Sports Concussion program; Bianca Edison, MD, MS; Jim Fox, Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League Commissioner; Dawnie Nishijima, ATC, CHLA Sports Medicine Program Coordinator; Kelly Iwanabe Reynolds, Service Line Administrator

Sports medicine specialists from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Children’s Orthopaedic Center administered baseline concussion tests to 98 athletes from the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League earlier this month at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Valencia Outpatient Center.

“We were thrilled when the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League told us their goals of keeping their athletes healthy and safe,” says Tracy Zaslow, MD, director of the CHLA’s Sports Concussion Program. “The proactive approach they’ve taken with their athletes regarding concussion awareness and injury prevention is a great model for other organizations to follow.”

“This partnership is a great example of how two corporate leaders can come together to directly help our community,” says Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League Commissioner Jim Fox. “The safety of student-athletes playing in our league is our highest priority. CHLA’s expertise in the area of concussion diagnosis, treatment and prevention is a tool that will make our program as safe as possible. We applaud CHLA and its staff for sharing their resources and expertise, and for their commitment to our league.”

During the six-hour event, athletes received ImPACT and SCAT3 baseline concussion evaluations, both of which assess brain function. The ImPACT assessment consists of a 20-minute computerized test that establishes an individual’s verbal and visual memory, memory processing time and reaction time. SCAT3 is a one-on-one assessment with a sports medicine examiner that evaluates immediate recall, five-minute recall, information processing and balance testing.

The tests are typically done before the beginning of a sport season, before an athlete has begun training or competition. Should a concussion occur during the season, the same tests will be administered and the scores will be compared to the pre-season test scores. Because concussions are unique to each individual, comparing a person’s before and after results allow medical professionals to proceed with the best course of treatment.

CHLA’s Children’s Orthopaedic Center is home to the only pediatric Sports Medicine Program in the Greater Los Angeles area. 

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