Texas is One Step Closer to Concussion Tracking System

The University Interscholastic League voted to move forward in creating a concussion database that would track the number of concussions happening in school sports in Texas. (Published Monday, April 18, 2016)

Texas may be one step closer to a statewide system to track concussions in school sports.

Sunday the University Interscholastic League voted to move forward in creating a concussion database that would track the number of concussions happening in school sports in Texas.

As the UIL moves closer to a system that tracks concussions in Texas high school sports, NBC 5 Investigates finds one school that is already making changes. (Published Monday, Jan. 11, 2016)

For months we know the UIL has help a number of meetings with medical experts at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to come up with a solution to better track how often concussions are happening.

Last fall, NBC 5 Investigates revealed records showing more than 2,5090 concussions in North Texas high school and junior high school sports during the 2014-2015 school year. The records came from 41 North Texas school districts.

Currently, the UIL doesn't collect data from all sports or even all schools. The UIL only collects a sample from some high school football teams.

The state is looking at a new program at UT Southwestern that's tracking concussions in kids and could be used to count how often it's happening in high schools across the state.

"There's so much we don't know, but it has to start with good data collection to find out what is the frequency, how often is this injury happening," said Dr. Munro Cullum a clinical neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern.

The proposed database would collect information on students required to go through the return-to-play protocol.

The UIL has another meeting in June.

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