Tahoe Forest Health System and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Implements Play It Safe Concussion Care Program

Wall Street Journal

Innovative program offered by Wells Fargo Insurance and ImPACT(R) to Help District Student-Athletes and Their Families With Concussion Care and Treatment


Committed to protecting its student athletes, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, in partnership with the Tahoe Forest Health System, announced today it is implementing the Play It Safe Concussion Care(SM) program. Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), developed the innovative concussion management program that provides medical expense benefits to athletes who sustain a covered head injury. Developed in 2011, the program also offers education, neurocognitive testing, access to medical professionals who are credentialed ImPACT consultants, and excess insurance coverage to help protect the financial well-being of athletes and their families.

By offering the Play it Safe Concussion Care program, Tahoe Forest Health System and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will now be able to administer a series of pre-season baseline tests to their players, as well as provide an insurance policy that covers each player, which ensures access to a concussion care specialist post injury, if needed.

“Thanks to the support of Tahoe Forest Health System, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, we’re proud to offer one of the most progressive concussion care programs available,” said Dr. Nina Winans, sports medicine physician and medical director for the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. “Student athletes will greatly benefit from our program that links education with research, and affordable access and close oversight.”

The Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research sponsored the use of the Play it Safe Concussion Care program, which is supported financially in part by the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund, (www.gu63.org).

The Play it Safe Concussion Care Program is available for all student athletes in contact sports in the school district, which provides excess insurance for proper treatment of concussion injuries. As a result of the program, more students can access qualified, cost effective professional help and guidance on their return to play decision.

John Breckenridge, senior vice president of Wells Fargo’s Student Insurance Division said, “With the Play it Safe program, Tahoe Truckee’s schools and youth programs can now provide their players with access to similar protections and protocols afforded professional athletes.”

About Tahoe Forest Health System

Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) is a not-for-profit rural health care facility located in Truckee, California, and was rated one of the Top 100 critical access hospitals in the United States. TFHS is committed to excellence in patient care, with a vision to be the best mountain community health system in the nation. For more information, go to tfhd.com

About Wells Fargo Insurance

Well Fargo’s Student Insurance division has over 20 years of experience in designing student insurance solutions and program administration and is located in Rancho Cordova, Calif. with approximately 35 team members. Insurance products are offered through nonbank insurance agency affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company and underwritten by unaffiliated insurance companies.

Recently named North America’s Best Insurance Broker by Global Finance Magazine(1) , Wells Fargo Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers. Wells Fargo Insurance writes or places $15 billion of risk premiums annually in property, casualty, benefits, international, personal lines, and life products and also includes the nation’s largest crop insurance provider, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS).

About ImPACT

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Developed in the early 1990’s by Drs. Mark Lovell and Joseph Maroon, ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. ImPACT Applications, Inc. was co-founded by Mark Lovell, PhD, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD.

Given the inherent difficulties in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete’s post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the “cornerstone” of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts. ImPACT can be administered by an athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team coach, team doctor, or anyone trained to administer baseline testing. ImPACT is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.

(1) Ranking includes Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance Services of West Virginia, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc., and Rural Community Insurance Company


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