What We Do?
Provide comprehensive concussion education, awareness, and management systems in coordination with local school boards, athletic institutions, and concussion are specialists.
To spread our countywide approach as far as possible by providing guidance to individuals or groups that want to support the health of their municipality’s youth athletes.
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We would love to support you in replicating our program in your hometown! Please reach out if you have a passion for concussion management and want to put a system in place locally that is proven to benefit youth athletes!
Miami-Dade public schools enrolled in program
Average days before return to play
Miami-Dade public high school athletes who suffer a concussion per year
Years since the youth concussion legislation in Florida was passed
10 Years of Taking Care of Youth Athletes
Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Countywide Concussion Care’s inception, I am exceptionally proud. When I set out to turn my head injuries into something positive, I never would have imagined that ten years later my project would still be protecting the youth athletes of South Florida with continued support from the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the University of Miami. I still remember making house calls and running a raffle at Ransom Everglades School to get things off the ground, and a decade later Countywide Concussion Care is a staple of youth athletics in my hometown.
Miami-Dade public schools enrolled in program
- Each school’s AD and ATC is trained
- Several private high schools also enrolled i.e. Ransom, Carrolton, Gulliver, and Westminster
Average number of days before return to play
Miami Dade public high school athletes who suffer a concussion per year
40%: Football concussions
13%: Soccer concussions
11%: Basketball concussions
10% Cheerleading concussions
Years since youth concussion legislation in Florida was passed
Counties covered by Countywide Concussion Care (Miami Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe)
U Health will be doing further statistical research on the data compiled from this partnership for papers and publications.
On the other hand, as I reflect, I cannot help but feel bittersweet at the fact that there is still so much work to be done to protect youth athletes from concussions. As much as awareness has improved, many athletic and educational institutions continue to put undue pressure on young people to continue with their normal routines after suffering head injuries, and some deny continue to deny the seriousness of mild traumatic brain injury all together. In other places, the awareness of the issue and the intention to mitigate concussions are where they should be, but there remains a notable lack of organization and coordination in the efforts to create a solution.
This gap is where Countywide Concussion Care comes in – we are proof of concept that cooperation amongst school boards, youth athletics, professional sports teams and specialized medical practitioners systematically keeps kids safer. We have the expertise to guide advocates across the country to create support systems that reliably put youth athletes in need of care in front of the best doctors to take care of their brains.
My hope for the next ten years is that individuals and groups from other locations reach out to our group and replicate the program we have started in their own backyard. Concussion care is not just an idea – it can be effectively put into practice.
So, cheers to a decade of Countywide Concussion Care, and please reach out for advice on how to systematize concussion management, awareness, and education near you!
Miami Dolphins Foundation Partnership with Countywide Concussion
Miami Dolphins Foundation makes it possible for the University of Miami and Countywide Concussion Care Program to continue providing baseline testing and…
I am proud to say that the concussion management support system that Countywide Concussion Care developed along with UHealth in Miami-Dade County also...
By Armando Salguero JULY 21, 2017 8:22 PM The Miami Dolphins will pay to have approximately 15,000 Miami-Dade public high school athletes undergo baseline...
By United States Sports Academy in Contemporary Sports Issues, General, Sports Studies and Sports Psychology March 7, 2014 Submitted by Gillian Hotz Ph.D,...
As the Fall semester of my Junior year begins to wind down, the prevalence of concussion-related stories in the news continues to grow. As reported by CNN,...
Persistent Differences in Patterns of Brain Activation after Sports-Related Concussion: A Longitudinal Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Abstract...
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We would love to support you in replicating our program in your hometown!
Please reach out if you have a passion for concussion management and want to put a system in place locally that is proven to benefit youth athletes!