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Lamar departments team up to manage concussions
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Lamar Universitys audiology and athletic departments have teamed up to monitor concussions.
Vickie Dionne, the head of the audiology department, received a grant in 2011 for a Computerized Dynamic Posturography program to study football players and concussions.
The goal, Dionne said. Protecting the player against playing with a concussion at any time.
Dionne said the study expanded and included athletes from a number of different sports the university offered.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Dionne says 287 athletes participated in the program.
Eventually, the athletics department decided to purchase their own device to monitor concussed athletes.
Its smaller than the one used by the audiology department, less expensive at $15,000 opposed to the roughly $125,000 program used by the audiology department and focuses on balance and cognition when testing for concussions.
You can have somebody that has no symptoms, Josh Yonker, the head of the athletics department said. Maybe they have a mild headache for a day, but then it goes away, but they do not very well on the balance testing. Then we know that was the area that was affected by it, so thats just why we do all three parts.
This is the first year the athletics department is using the device.
While the devices do not prevent concussions, they allow trainers to help determine when the athletes are able to return.
Yonker compares the post-concussion results with the pre-concussion results. But even after the new results return to normal, there is still some time before the athlete can head back onto the field or court.
I think thats going to be better than anything theyve ever had and theyre going to protect those athletes significantly, said Dionne.