Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act

 

What is the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act

On September 18, 2004 a freshmen football player at Grandview High School named Jake Snakenberg sustained his second concussion in a week’s time during a football game. After being rushed to the ER, Jake passed away due to a traumatic brain injury. The injury stemmed from what is called Second Impact Syndrome.  Second Impact Syndrome occurs when the brain has not fully recovered from a first concussion and then receives another concussion. The second impact to the athlete’s head does not have to be severe to set the effects in motion.  Because the brain is more vulnerable and susceptible to injury after the original brain injury, it only takes a minimal force to cause irreversible damage.  Colorado Brain Injury Collaborative spent over a year to make sure the 2011 Colorado Senate Bill 40 would ensure the safety of the Colorado youth sports community. This purpose of this legislation is to increase awareness, education, and preventative action in our sports community.  It requires all coaches to become educated in recognizing a concussion in their athletes. It also requires the injured athlete to be removed from play if he or she exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion after an impact to the head. The player may return to play only after a medical professional deems that it is safe to do so.  The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act went into effect in 2011.

It is our goal here at NeuraPerformance Brain Center to partner with parents to treat and rehabilitate concussed athletes by administering a concussion test and then moving through concussion recovery by utilizing intensive concussion therapy.  We do this through brain training, neurofeedback, GyroStim, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Dynavision, infrared light therapy, vestibular therapy, and vestibular rehabilitation. This complete brain training led by our team of medical doctors and utilizing Chiropractic Neurology leads to renewed brain health.

NeuraPerformance Brain Center performs baseline testing for all athletes with the Dynavision in order to create a standard by which we can evaluate the athlete’s brain following an impact to the head. The first step in protecting our athletes is to have the baseline in place for each child.