Houston Methodist's multispecialty team of neurologists, neuropsychologists, primary care sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers provide patients suffering from concussions with innovative and comprehensive care. Our physicians work collaboratively to serve as the trusted team of concussion consultants for professional athletes, including the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash and RODEOHOUSTON®, as well as Rice University, collegiate, high school and youth teams. Our concussion specialists also care for the elite artists of the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and performing artists from around the globe.
One of the Largest Outreach Programs in the U.S.
Educating the Houston community about proper assessment and care of the sports-related head injury is a top priority for the center. With collaborative support from General Electric (GE) and the Houston Texans, the center is home to one of the largest outreach program in the U.S. for sports-related head injuries. Approximately 50 athletic trainers work closely with regional junior high and high schools, amateur and professional sports groups in southeast Texas to educate coaches, parents, athletic directors and athletes on injury prevention and detection.
Not only do we educate hundreds of coaches, athletic trainers, health-care professionals, parents and student-athletes each year about concussions we have started a Return to Learn program, where we go to different schools to educate the teachers, administrators and athletic trainers and parents on reintegrating back to school after a sports concussion. We stress the use of scientifically-based treatment protocols.
Our allied health care professionals visit schools in the Greater Houston area, providing a committed relationship between the community and Houston Methodist. Education about concussions is a significant part of our efforts to ensure that athletes know how to prepare for play in order to prevent injuries, and when an injury does happen, they know how to respond immediately. As a medical center that is backed by experts in all fields, we are able to work across departments to ensure that our patients receive an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate care, taking full advantage of the extensive research, such as our study with GE, and the latest technologies Houston Methodist has to offer every patient from little league players to professional NFL players and everyone in between.
Collaborative Expert Studies on Concussions
Constantly striving to find faster and more accurate ways to diagnose concussions, Houston Methodist has teamed up with leading technology company General Electric (GE) for a clinical study on concussion diagnosis and management. The combined efforts of experts in technology and health care has resulted in a designated team of researchers and clinicians who are evaluating the next generation of imaging technologies that will serve to improve how concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are diagnosed.
ImPACT Baseline Testing
ImPACT Baseline Testing is a web-based computerized exam that tests cognitive ability. It is the first and most scientifically validated computerized concussion-evaluation system and is considered the gold standard of testing across the MLS, NFL, NHL and other professional and collegiate sports teams. ImPACT Baseline Testing is administered at schools or in several convenient Houston Methodist locations.