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Athletes in Vail, Edwards and Frisco will be safer this season with the launch of a new concussion management program by Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. The practice’s program, the Concussion Clinic, features state-of-the-art ImPACT concussion testing with evaluation from board-certified neurosurgeon Ernest E. Braxton Jr., M.D. Athletes, parents and coaches seeking specialized concussion management care are encouraged to call (970) 476-7220 to be seen at one of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics' locations in Vail, Edwards or Frisco.

In the Concussion Clinic, ImPACT testing is delivered by Greg Schlossinger, the practice’s certified ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer, or ITAT, before the results are assessed by Dr. Braxton for final evaluation. In addition, athletes receive individualized return-to-play programs that are developed specifically for the athlete and their sport. As part of their convenient, comprehensive concussion management program, baseline testing is also available at the one-stop, full-service Concussion Clinic. Baseline testing is recommended for all school-aged athletes before the sport begins in order to compare with a follow-up test if a concussion is suspected.

“People of all ages are at risk for a concussion, particularly youth in football and ice hockey, as well as baseball, soccer, boxing, gymnastics, horseback riding, skiing and cycling—any sport with potential for hard contact,” says Dr. Braxton. “At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we understand the importance of helping young athletes return to play safely after injury but also their long-term health and well-being. Our Concussion Clinic is devoted to assessing risks with the highest possible precision to keep athletes safe.”

“We know that a single concussion experienced by a child or teenager may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical function throughout adulthood,” explains Dr. Braxton. “That’s why we’ve established our Concussion Clinic so young athletes in our community have access to post-concussive care to ensure their long-term health and well-being.”

For more information on Vail-Summit Orthopaedics’ Concussion Clinic program, call (970) 476-7220. Click here to view this story in the Vail Daily.