COLUMBUS – A new concussion management guide through REAP is now available for the public.
The Columbus Community Hospital announced the release of REAP Version 2.0 on Tuesday. REAP stands for remove/reduce, educate, adjust/accomodate, and pace, and is a community-based model for concussion management utilized across the country.
REAP offers a guideline for coordination and communication between four important groups of adults that surround a child following a concussion: parents/guardians, medical professionals, educators, and athletic staff.
REAP was created by Dr. Karen McAvoy, a psychologist at a high school in Colorado which lost a freshman football player to “Second Impact Syndrome” in 2004. McAvoy pulled together team members at the school (Certified Athletic Trainer, School Nurse, Counselors, Teachers and Administrators) and outside of the school (Students, Parents and Healthcare Professionals) to create a safety net for students with concussions.
CCH says that through working with the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska and the Nebraska Concussion Coalition, the hospital supports the use of REAP in Nebraska, and copies of the new REAP guide will be distributed throughout the community.
Those interested in a copy can contact the Concussion Management Clinic at (402) 562-4710, and a full digital version is available online at www.columbushosp.org.