Barrow Brainbook Expands to Bay Area at Super Bowl 50
Barrow Brainbook, a pioneering concussion education program created at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, has been adopted by four San Francisco Bay Area high schools in the run-up to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. The initiative comes amid rising concerns rising over concussions at all levels of football and confirms Arizona’s position as the national leader in concussion education.
“We’re thrilled to expand this program into the Bay Area,” says Dr. Javier Cardenas, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix. “Concussions are always serious and 90 percent of them are difficult to spot because they don’t result in a loss of consciousness. It’s important for students athletes, coaches, trainers, and parents to be fluent in the symptoms of a concussion so that they can seek the important medical attention that they need.”
Barrow Brainbook is an online program that was introduced in Arizona in 2011, making it the first mandatory education module for all high school athletes in the country. Dignity Health Foundation, the San Francisco 49ers, California Interscholastic Federation, and ImPact are teaming up to provide the program to four Bay Area high schools: George Washington, Overfelt, Berkeley and Sequoia.
The interactive tool takes high school athletes through a series of educational activities and videos about concussions. At the end of the education module, the students are required to pass a formal exam before being cleared to play. The exam distinguishes this education program from any other in the United States. Barrow, which is part of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, expects Barrow Brainbook to be adopted nationally.