In 2008, the ISCN was formed to reduce the number of concussions that went undetected, untreated or improperly handled in athletes.
The network is composed of members from a variety of disciplines at each level of contact with the athlete. Those who make up the front line of concussion recognition and evaluation include certified athletic trainers, athletic directors, school nurses, coaches and parents. These people are vital to identifying an athlete who may be concussed, as well as monitoring the athlete and seeking emergency care if needed. Physicians, psychologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists will guide the management of concussions and return to play. Neurocognitive testing (ImPACT and others) provides vital objective evidence of concussions and should be one part of the diagnosis. Resolution of signs and symptoms, a return of neurocognitive testing to normal and a graded activity progression program help to determine when the brain has recovered.
Hank Feuer, MD
As a neurosurgery resident at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970, Dr. Feuer was asked to stand in as a team consultant physician at an IU football game. That day blossomed into a 38-year career on the sidelines as the neurosurgical sports medicine consultant for IU. Despite a busy neurosurgical practice in Indianapolis, he accepted a position in 1984 as a member of the medical team with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s served as a neurosurgical consultant for the NFL since 1994, establishing consultancies with the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana State University, as well as numerous other central Indiana universities, colleges, and high schools.
Dr. Feuer is a member of the Subcommittee on Return to Play for the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has practiced in the Indianapolis area for over 30 years. Following his retirement from surgical practice in 2006, he has continued his neurosurgical sports medicine consults and staffs the neurosurgery residents’ clinic at the VA Hospital. He remains affiliated with the Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Group and is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Terry Horner, MD
As a junior in high school, Dr. Horner developed an interest in the vast complexity of the brain and its unique capabilities. Selected for a National Science Foundation scholarship between his junior and senior years of high school, he spent eight weeks at Indiana University studying bioanthropology. After that experience he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. He considers himself fortunate to have trained under Dr. Julius Goodman, an internationally renowned educator, personal mentor, and giant in the neurosurgical field.
The recipient of back-to-back Patients’ Choice awards, Dr. Horner received his graduate degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam, he returned to complete his residency in neurosurgery.
Dr. Horner is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and he has practiced in the Indianapolis area for over 30 years. He has also been a neurosurgical consultant to the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University.
Dr. Horner is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurosurgeons, the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiologists, and many others. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at his alma mater.
Daniel Kraft, MD
Dr. Kraft feels fortunate to have a job in youth sports medicine, combining two of his greatest passions: caring for pediatric/adolescent patients and caring for athletes. For over 15 years, he has cared for Central Indiana’s young athletes both in the office and on the sidelines.
An alumnus of Wabash College, Dr. Kraft received his medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his pediatric residency at Riley Hospital/Indiana University, and followed with a fellowship in sports medicine at Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis.
Dr. Kraft is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Sports Medicine. He specializes in non-operative care of musculoskeletal and sports medicine injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients. Concussion management in athletes has been and remains an integral part of his practice. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University and is team physician at Ben Davis High School.
Dr. Kraft is also member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-Sports Medicine Section), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Indiana State Pediatric Society. He is chairman of the Committee on Sports Medicine for the Indiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Amanda Smith, MS, ATC, LAT
As one part of proper concussion management, ISCN utilizes the computerized ImPACT test to obtain objective information on the function of the brain. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) provides a common tool which allows for effective collaboration between athletic trainers, coaches, physicians and neuropsychologists in concussion management. Through baseline testing, clinicians are able to account for individual differences in cognitive ability and symptom reporting among student athletes. Again, ImPACT is only one tool in the management of concussions. Thanks to a donation from the Indianapolis Colts, the ISCN can donate baseline ImPACT tests to Indiana high school athletes. There are opportunities for those who would not fall under this grant to take baseline ImPACT tests if they are interested on an individual or group basis.
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