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Dr. Peter Thompson, DCSD tout a team approach to treating concussions in student athletes

Traumatic Brain Injury team provides guidance for concussion response

DOUGLAS COUNTY – According to the Centers for Disease Control, hundreds of thousands of students in grades K-12 sustain concussions caused by sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls each year. The risk of injury increases for the approximately 60% of high school students who play on school-sponsored teams.

Principal's Research Review

DCSD is fortunate to have a nationally recognized Traumatic Brain Injury team (TBI) safeguarding students. Led by Dr. Peter Thompson, the team has three primary missions:  establish professional relationships within the pediatric brain injury community; identify and support students with brain injuries; and, educate and train District personnel.

DCSD has one of the strictest concussion policies in Colorado. “Sometimes we have to say, ‘hey kiddo, we care too much about your brain and your development than to put you at risk for more.  Not only concussions but just hitting your head multiple times, sub-concussive blows that can have ramifications 10 to 20 years out,” Thompson explained. “It’s brains before brawns, that’s how we look at it.”

This summer, Principal’s Research Review featured the DCSD Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) team. View article

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DCSD puts brains before brawns with strict concussion policy



September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Athletics and Activities, Health Services, Mental Health Intervention

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