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About Melinda Roalstad, MS, PAC

Melinda is the former Medical Director for US Ski & Snowboard Association. Melinda implemented the ImPACT testing program and clinically assessed elite and Olympic level athletes from 2003-2007. Additionally, and probably most importantly, she established FIS guidelines for concussion management. Melinda is clinically certified in ImPACT assessments.

About Wain Allen, MD

Dr. Allen is a graduate of the University of Utah, BA Cum Laude in Chemistry. He attended George Washington University Medical School in Washington DC, graduating in 1977. Dr. Allen completed a residency in Family Medicine in 1980 at DeWitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and completed his Army Service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1980-1984. He has been in Private Practice in Coalville and Kamas from 1984 to the present. Dr. Allen, in association with Melinda Roalstad-PA-C has been involved with concussion management in both clinics for the past 5 years. He currently serves as Medical Staff President at the Park City Medical Center. Dr. Allen holds staff privileges at Park City Medical Center, Heber Valley Medical Center, Primary Children’s Medical Center, University of Utah Hospital and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

How It All Started

While working with the US Ski Teams from 1990-2007, there were numerous times the decision had to be made regarding whether an athlete who had suffered a concussion was ready to return to their sport at full training and competition loads.  Early on, I found there were several standard guidelines established that dictated how concussions were managed in sport at the time, but there were always several different responses with no clear cut guidance as to what was safe for the long term outcome of the athlete.  This became very evident following a particularly severe incident with a now Gold Medalist.  Considerations ranged from he should never compete again to allowing his return much earlier than what was felt to be safe with respect to long term recovery.  These inconsistencies prompted my research for more objective criteria and better answers to know if it was safe for an athlete to resume their sport following concussion… While the research over the past 10 years has clearly demonstrated the unknowns with this injury, it has yielded much improved guidance and most importantly, objective tools to provide clinicians better information regarding return to sport decision making.

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