FC United Head Injury Initiatives & Introducing the IBJI Concussion Evaluation and Management Program
In response to recent Illinois legislative changes and US Soccer initiatives to enhance player safety and awareness regarding head injury and concussion, FC United is implementing a proactive approach to our handing of head injuries. In addition to providing education regarding concussion awareness and management, FC United is now requiring athletes ages 11 and over to complete baseline testing prior to league participation. It should be noted that US Soccer national teams are also incorporating required pre-injury baseline testing into their concussion management programs.
In order to help our athletes comply with these new guidelines, FC United has partnered with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. The baseline consists of a computer administered test called ImPACT. The baseline test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and addresses several cognitive areas, including visual and verbal memory, visual motor speed and reaction time. According to the IBJI team, a baseline ImPACT test is recommended, as it can provide a measurable comparison of your child's pre and post injury cognitive abilities. While ImPACT testing is not diagnostic, having an understanding of your child's baseline abilities is beneficial when a clinician is making return to activity decisions after a concussion. No portion of the test consists of x-ray imaging or any similar testing. Also, at no point will the ImPACT Test assess the level of athletic skill or ability, and results will not be used to determine your child's level of play, performance, or amount of participation. IBJI will appropriately store test results and comply with applicable legal requirements relating to protected Private Healthcare Information policies. IBJI does not deem it mandatory for an athlete to complete a baseline ImPACT test through IBJI.
The IBJI Concussion Providers are skilled in interpreting baseline and post-injury testing results. Complimentary ImPACT baseline testing is available at the following IBJI Rehab locations:
Buffalo Grove - 224.676.7960
Des Plaines - 847.954.7646
Glenview - 847.724.4791
Grayslake - 847.735.0828
Gurnee - 847.596.7640
Wilmette - 847.724.4864
Highland Park - 224.765.5550
Please contact your preferred testing location to schedule your child's baseline appointment. Validation of testing must be submitted to your child's coach by August 15, 2016.
IBJI Concussion providers are also available for any post head injury needs. Their comprehensive concussion management program offers baseline testing through post injury evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment. The IBJI Concussion team is made up of Physicians, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Athletic Trainers, Physical and Vestibular Therapists, who are dedicated to ensuring their patients return to activities safely. If you feel your child has suffered a concussion, please contact any one of the follwoing clinics to access post concussion care:
Dr. Hunt in Libertyville or Grayslake I 847.247.4000
Dr. Parikh in Gurnee, Lindenhurst, or Lake Forest I 847.336.3335
Kelly Trainor, APN, CPNP in Glenview, Logan Square, Morton Grove and Highland Park I 773.327.5639
Any questions regarding the IBJI Concussion Program may be directed to Kelly at 847. 954.7653.