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Save the Brain Program Awarded Grant

Thanks to local participating members of the Flathead Electric Cooperative, the Save the Brain program at Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) has been awarded a grant through the Roundup for Safety Program. With this grant, The Save the Brain program was able to purchase C3 Logix software and accompanying IPads to administer concussion assessments for local student athletes.

Save the Brain is a program that enables concussion experts to work together in an effort to promote concussion education, prevention, and recovery in the Flathead Valley and throughout the state. Most student athletes are required to complete baseline concussion screening assessments before they are allowed to play. Studies have shown that five to 10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion during any given sports season.

“Our new concussion screening platform, C3 Logix, lets us have a picture of an athlete’s thinking skills, balance, and vision prior to an injury so we can know if they are back to their own normal state before returning to sports,” explains Rachel Zeider, MD, medical director of the Save the Brain initiative at KRH. “This is especially important for those students that are above or below average at baseline so we can make the best decision about how and when it is safe for them to participate again. C3 Logix provides a more holistic approach to concussion assessment, utilizing neurocognitive, neuro motor, balance, and visual acuity testing. All of this is accomplished through an app on an iPad and assessment by a healthcare professional. Results for each tested individual are stored on the cloud, making results easily accessible for healthcare providers.”

The Roundup for Safety Grant helped cover the costs associated with the software and iPads, allowing over 1,000 student athletes to receive the baseline concussion screening they need to safely start the 2020-2021 sports season.

For more information on concussions and Save the Brain, please visit krh.org/savethebrain.