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Friday, January 13, 2012 - SportsMed concussion program earns national recognition

Hospital program recognized nationally

SportsMed concussion management gets kudos from AHA

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, January 12, 2012 – Yampa Valley Medical Center was one of only two Colorado hospitals recognized in the American Hospital Association’s Community Connections publication issued this month.

The booklet, subtitled “Ideas and Innovations for Hospital Leaders,” spotlights the concussion management program at YVMC’s SportsMed. This community-based approach to concussion management, launched in 2009, partners with physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, school counselors, nurses, teachers and families.

It includes pre-season and post-concussion cognitive testing to measure brain processing, speed, memory and visual motor skills. Test results are an important factor in deciding when it is safe to return to play or work.

Lance Pugh, a SportsMed physical therapist, father and coach, was a leader in developing the concussion management program. SportsMed uses the national ImPACT™ system, which stands for immediate post-concussion and cognitive testing. 

The AHA placed SportsMed’s concussion management program in the Quality of Life section, which recognizes “that the role of a hospital is not simply to treat illness but to strengthen communities…by building strong families, fostering safety and creating opportunities for people to improve their lives.”