The Concussion Management and Awareness Act, a New York state law that went into effect on July 1, 2012, requires school districts to have a policy in place on how to deal with head injuries. The legislation allows for a concussion management team in each school district that would be comprised of health professionals, sports staff, and appropriate personnel. The concussion management team would be responsible for overseeing staff training, educating parents and students about concussions, and helping transition students who have sustained a concussion back into school and sports within specified guidelines. To review the full article Click Here.
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Fall Risk for Adults
One out of three adults 65+ suffer a physical fall each year resulting in among other issues, hip fractures which account for approximately 300,000 hospitalizations each year.
Balance Important to Health
11 million+ annual physician visits involve balance-related issues. It is the most common reason given by patients 65+ for visiting a physician. Once they experience a significant fall, their overall health fails considerably.
High Cost of Falls
The direct cost of all fall injuries = $30B rising to est. $54B by 2020
Effective Fall Prevention
Clinical interventions have proven effective in reducing fall-related injuries and better clinical data will improve results. This is where the Equilibrate system becomes so important.
Inpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy is delivered at over 6,200 hospitals in the US.
CDC Concussion Statistics
3.8 Million sports brain injuries occur each year.
300,000 sports brain injuries will result in loss of consciousness.
Over 250,000 concussions occur in US high school football each year.
75% of the 1.7 million TBI's have concussions.
For the aging population, there are 37,000 Assisted Living and Private Care facilities with an annual growth rate of 14% with composite budgets of over $165B.
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“Identifying and educating seniors who may be at risk for falls is one of our agency’s primary goals. The community’s cooperative use of the Balance Engineering System to screen at risk seniors have helped us intervene and decrease falls in our community. This system has enabled us to work with our local hospital, home health care agencies and long term care facilities. In many cases we were able to identify seniors who needed additional physical therapy and/or adaptive equipment that helped them stay safe in their own homes. This system has proven ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Office of Aging Administrator, Ohio
"My 15 year old stepson had 4 concussions in approx. 18 months. Each time he had a concussion the Dr. would clear him to return to play again but I thought it was too soon. I could tell by his slower reaction time and his balance that his brain was not back to normal. It wasn't until after his 4th concussion that I was introduced to Balanced Engineering's Equilibrate system and it totally changed my perspective on things. When the first test was completed I was shocked to see how "unbalanced" my stepson was and how low his scores were. I was truly convinced he should not have returned to play sports so soon. Over the next few months my stepson showed great improvement in his test scores and in how he was acting at home. As I saw him physically improve, the test scores showed his changes. If we had performed such a detailed, yet simple test earlier, there is no way I would have let him get back to sports when he did and thus receive additional concussions. I was grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Balance Engineering; I would recommend them, not just for helping with concussions, but any type of balance issues."
Athlete's Mother, New York