Athletic Trainer Experiences with Chicago Bulls; What is Brain Network Activation™ (BNA) Testing?

Episode 14.24 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 AM Radio, Saturdays at 8:30 AM/c.

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Segment One – Dr. Brian Cole and Fred Tedeschi, former Head Trainer for the Chicago Bulls talk about their experiences and friendship over 13 years managing the Bulls training and injuries and the changes that have occurred over that time. Fred also talks about his new role as director of athletic training services at Oregon State University. Some of Fred’s achievements include:

NBATA Joe O’Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2007; President of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) from 2005-07; Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); athletic trainer for NBA’s Basketball Without Borders in Paris, France in August 2007 and Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2006;  served as Eastern Conference representative to the NBATA executive board (2001-03); member of the National Athletic Trainers Association since 1983; head athletic trainer at the University of California-Berkeley; head athletic trainer at Vanderbilt; training assistant with the San Francisco 49ers from 1983-84.

Segment Two – Athletico’s Mike Palm, MS, MBA, ATC, Manager of Concussion Services talks about measuring brain function pre and post concussion to helps determine when an athlete can safety return to play.

A Brain Network Activavtion™ (BNA) Test uses an advanced software program to process measured brain activity. This cutting edge technology allows us to gain full insight into brain function as the test reads, and measures all neural activity. This test is performed preseason to understand the individuals typical brain function.

Advantages of Brain Network Activation™ Testing

  • Allows physicians to better understand a brain injury such as a concussion
  • Detects and measures actual brain activation
  • Reassurance for return to participation decisions
  • First-of-its kind, groundbreaking technology that measures brain function
  • Athletico is the only Brain Network Activation™ Testing Center in Illinois
  • Annual preseason test used to compare a change in brain activity following a brain injury
  • Cleared by the FDA, unlike many concussion testing protocols on the market.

The BNA Testing Process

The BNA Test process starts with scheduling your BNA Test. The next step is then receiving the test at one of Athletico’s BNA™ Testing Centers. Once the BNA Test is complete, your Brain Network Activation (BNA) report is stored in a secure, de-identified cloud-based database, that can be accessed by a physician if a brain injury were to occur. Read more>>

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