Revolutionising Student-Athlete Safety: Introducing South Africa’s Groundbreaking Schools Concussion Programme

Your Brain Health proudly announces its sponsorship and support for launching an innovative initiative to transform student-athlete safety in South Africa. The Schools Concussion Programme, a collaborative effort between renowned Sports Medicine expert Professor Jon Patricios and cutting-edge technology NeuroFlex, is poised to redefine how schools safeguard their students’ health, drawing inspiration from professional athlete medical protocols.

This pioneering programme offers a comprehensive suite of support services, including education for key stakeholders, integration with Sports Concussion South Africa, baseline testing, post-concussion assessments conducted by Sports Medicine Physicians, and guidance on return-to-play and return-to-sport protocols.

Leading this initiative is Professor Jon Patricios, a distinguished figure in sports medicine and concussion management. As the director of Sports Concussion South Africa and Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery in Johannesburg, Professor Patricios brings a wealth of experience to the table. His leadership of the Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) Research Group and key roles in international sports organisations such as World Rugby, UEFA, the NFL and the International Concussion in Sports Group underscores his commitment to advancing athlete welfare.

In collaboration with Your Brain Health, Professor Patricios has spearheaded the development of an innovative education and screening procedure that leverages evidence-based technology through NeuroFlex. This groundbreaking approach enhances post-injury evaluation by providing objective data for targeted interventions, improving outcomes. Moreover, this data facilitates precise monitoring of recovery progress and informs decisions regarding return-to-play and return-to-learn strategies.

“The launch of the new concussion baseline testing and post-concussion assessment protocols signifies a pivotal moment in concussion prevention and management in South Africa,” remarks Professor Patricios.

With the collective expertise of Your Brain Health, NeuroFlex, and Professor Jon Patricios, schools nationwide are equipped to elevate their commitment to the brain health and safety of their student-athletes to unprecedented levels.