Lake Forest, CA (Jan. 3, 2012) – The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center (AMMC) announced today, that beginning with this year's opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship at Angel Stadium, it will begin using neurocognitive testing software developed by ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) as part of its new concussion management protocol.
Testing will be voluntary for all riders this season and thanks to a donation from Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation, all baseline testing done during the Supercross season, as well as any necessary follow up tests, will be free of charge for all AMA licensed riders. “I began discussing the ImPACT Test with Dr. Bodnar several years ago after learning about the serious implications of Second Impact Syndrome. Unfortunately, head injuries have become front page news in many different sports, not just motorcycle racing. Shoei is proud to help support the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center in its efforts to help make professional motorcycle racing safer”, said Bret Milan, Marketing Manager for Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation.
"The AMMC is very excited to be able to offer another tool to better identify and treat head injuries and concussions and through the support of Shoei, we will be able to make the testing available to all Supercross athletes. This fits in very nicely with our goal to continually provide the best medical care possible to the riders and staff of the Supercross Series, stated Dr. John Bodnar, Medical Director for the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center. The AMMC has reviewed the current research on concussions and put in place a multi-faceted protocol that puts the athletes' safety first while still taking into consideration the unique variables that are found within the sport of Supercross and Motocross.
Athletes interested in taking the test or anyone having any questions can contact Eddie Casillas at 760-575-4878, or Paul R. Reiman, M.D., firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 951-461-8684. There will be some time set aside January 5 and 6 (Thursday and Friday) at Anaheim Stadium for athletes wishing to take the test prior to Saturday's event.
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The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is an emergency care facility available at each AMA professional Supercross and Outdoor Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost. The full 53 foot hospital trailer is staffed by the very highest caliber medical personnel and offers specialized equipment for our sport’s unique injuries. The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is provided to the racing community by Asterisk. Our event day operations are made possible by Feld Motorsports, MX Sports Pro Racing, various Race teams, as well as individual riders and private donors. Visit our website at www.themedicrig.com to learn more about our program.