Concussions are a serious problem in any sport with the possibility of contact with another player, the ground, or any other solid object. No athlete participating in such a sport should be playing without having a baseline concussion test in place and have access to a doctor who can monitor him or her in the event of a concussion and guide them back to play. As a clinical neuropsychologist with over 10 years experience working with individuals with brain injuries, Dr. Temple understands the potential long-term consequences of repeated concussions and returning to play before a player’s brain has a chance to fully recover after a concussion. Contact Dr. Temple today to find out how to obtain baseline concussion testing and assure that you have expert guidance
Keeping our Athletes Safe from Concussions
This week, I attended and made a presentation at a conference hosted by CORE Health Care entitled “Keeping Our Athletes Safe.” In addition to my presentation, the meeting included excellent presentations by Mike Lamb of the “Play it Safe Concussion Care Program,” Dr. Summer Ott, neuropsychologist for the Houston Texans, Houston Aeros, and Houston Dynamos, Brenda Bell, former professional boxer, and Brooke de Lench, founder and editor-in-chief of MomsTEAM.com and Executive Producer and Director of a documentary following a high school football team in Oklahoma that addresses a serious concussion problem among their players. The meeting could not have been more timely, as it occurred following a week in which three major NFL quarterbacks (Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, and Michael Vick) suffered concussions that resulted in being pulled out of their respective games.
Key to keeping athletes safe is collaboration
The meeting was, in a word, FANTASTIC. Each of the presenters called for increased oversight and care for our athletes, both before they sustain a concussion in the form of cognitive baseline testing, as well as proper management of injuries that do occur. Technology is improving at a blinding rate, but make no mistake, there is no helmet or other piece of equipment that can completely prevent concussions. Proper management requires the investment and collaboration among multiple individuals, including coaches, athletic directors, trainers, players, parents, and medical professionals.
Baseline concussion testing
I look forward to increased collaboration with individuals in the community who are dedicated to the safety of our athletes. Feel free to contact me via phone or email with any questions regarding sport concussions, or to complete baseline testing. Working together, we can keep our athletes safe!
Dr. Richard Temple, Ph.D., ABSP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist
Board-Certified Sport Psychologist – American Board of Sport Psychology
706-B W. Ben White Blvd., Suite 120-B Austin, TX 78704