Tahoe Forest Health System and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Implements Play It Safe Concussion Care Program

Innovative program offered by Wells Fargo Insurance and ImPACT® to Help District Student-Athletes and Their Families With Concussion Care and Treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2014 – Committed to protecting its student athletes, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, in partnership with the Tahoe Forest Health System, announced today it is implementing the Play It Safe Concussion Care Program. Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company, developed the innovative concussion management program that provides medical expense benefits to athletes who sustain a covered head injury. Developed in 2011, the program also offers education, neurocognitive testing, access to medical professionals who are credentialed ImPACT consultants, and excess insurance coverage to help protect the financial well-being of athletes and their families.

By offering the Play it Safe Concussion Care program, Tahoe Forest Health System and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will now be able to administer a series of pre-season baseline tests to their players, as well as provide an insurance policy that covers each player, which ensures access to a concussion care specialist post injury, if needed.

“Thanks to the support of Tahoe Forest Health System, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, we’re proud to offer one of the most progressive concussion care programs available,” said Dr. Nina Winans, sports medicine physician and medical director for the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. “Student athletes will greatly benefit from our program that links education with research, and affordable access and close oversight.”

The Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research sponsored the use of the Play it Safe Concussion Care program, which is supported financially in part by the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund.

The Play it Safe Concussion Care Program is available for all student athletes in contact sports in the school district, which provides excess insurance for proper treatment of concussion injuries. As a result of the program, more students can access qualified, cost effective professional help and guidance on their return to play decision.

John Breckenridge, senior vice president of Wells Fargo’s Student Insurance Division said, “With the Play it Safe program, Tahoe Truckee’s schools and youth programs can now provide their players with access to similar protections and protocols afforded professional athletes.”
Tahoe Forest Hospital District, 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, (530) 587-6011, information@tfhd.com

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