By: John Raffel
MHSAA extends concussion pilot
Courtesy of MHSAA
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (July 5, 2016) —The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) will subscribe to the XLNTbrain Sport™ online concussion management system, extending the pilot program that ran during the 2015-16 academic year. Last year, approximately 5,000 student athletes participated, with nearly 5% average concussion incidence rate per school, and an average “return-to-play” of 21 days among the participants across school sizes, male and female populations, high school ages, and multiple sports.
Moving forward, the MHSAA will coordinate the implementation of XLNTbrain Sport™ for several schools in the concussion pilot, ranging in size and representing a cross-section of rural, suburban and urban areas, according to Steve Lewis, CEO of XLNTbrain.
“The focus next year will be on the larger schools who have more complex compliance and analytical needs that XLNTbrain satisfy,” said Lewis. “We’ve also recognized a need for a simplified solution for smaller schools, with less resources in IT and Athletic Trainers, so that they can comply with educational, stream-lined testing, and post-injury process to improve athlete outcomes.”
According to Lewis, the MHSAA is considered the leading example of integrated concussion management at a state high school athletic association levels. “It is a proxy for how any large organization of multiple teams, schools, leagues, or geography can apply technology to improve the outcomes for athletes, families, and organizations regarding health and risk management,” he said.
The renewal of the program also enables the MHSAA to utilize the database facilities of the XLNTbrain Sport™ solution, while applying the concussion protocols dubbed the “Gold standard” in recent news report from the USA Today and ABC News. The historical multi-year database tracks and records athlete recovery and health, and multiple incidences of concussions, care of which reduces the risk of second-impact syndrome.
Other MHSAA Concussion Trial Results (2015-2016)
- 97.5% of the participants complied with state concussion education laws, using the online XLNTbrain Concussion Awareness activity.
- 86% of the participants were baseline tested
- 215 concussions were reported through the XLNTbrain mobile app or through online reporting.
XLNTbrain Sport™ provides online and mobile concussion management protocols incorporating best-practices and standards established by industry organizations such as the National Athletic Trainers Association and American Academy of Neurology. Among these are:
- Video education including a digital quiz to document both learning and compliance.
- Neuro-cognitive baseline testing that includes an emotional reactivity component
- Balance testing included at baseline through post-injury recovery
- Smartphone mobile sideline assessment app
- Return-to-play recovery protocol
- Automated reporting to parents, and designated medical personnel
MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,500 public and private middle, junior and senior high schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. Member schools participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
About XLNTbrain Sport™
XLNTbrain Sport™ provides online and mobile concussion management protocols for sports medicine and healthcare settings. Developed by neurologist Dr. Harry Kerasidis, the system incorporates best-practices and standards established by several industry organizations including the guidelines set by the National Athletic Trainers Association and American Academy of Neurology. Call 855-333-9568 or email email@example.com for details and a demonstration.