Geisinger partnership on concussion testing

For Immediate Release:  March 23, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Geisinger's Orthopaedic Institute, Division of Sports Medicine, has designated Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Concussion Research and Service as its standard of care to assist in determining when a student athlete who is diagnosed with a concussion can safely return to the playing field.

Geisinger Sports Medicine physicians will utilize the testing within Bloomsburg University for further assessment of concussion symptoms.

“They will rely on BU to provide additional assessment results,” said Joseph Hazzard, director of both the institute and BU’s clinical athletic training program. “These results will enhance their clinical decision making ability, especially as it relates to return-to-play.”

The partnership not only provides a high level of care for local student athletes, but it also gives students enrolled in BU’s graduate-level clinical athletic training program hands-on experience conducting assessments in the institute’s lab, located in Centennial Hall.

“This agreement will further the understanding of sports-related concussions,” said BU President David L. Soltz. “The designation is another example of the strong partnership between Bloomsburg University and the Geisinger Health System.”

Hazzard said the latest agreement builds on BU’s longstanding relationship with Geisinger’s sports medicine department. Dr. Dan Feldmann, director of sports medicine services, is the head team physician for BU and the medical director for BU’s athletic training program, and sports medicine specialists Dr. Matt McElroy and Dr. Ryan Roza are also BU team physicians.

Support from Dr. Michael Suk, chair of Geisinger’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, established the partnership and reinforced BU’s recent appointment as one of 30 institutions nationwide selected to participate in the NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium.

BU’s Institute for Concussion Research and Service is a collaboration between interdisciplinary faculty and students working to better understand concussions. The institute has two main goals: to give medical professionals a better understanding of concussions, symptoms and their outcomes, and to provide a service to the medical community that will assist in making better return-to-play decisions.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.