UF Trauma, Concussion, and Sports Neuromedicine (TRACS) Components

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Components of the TRACS Program

I.     Clinical Care

Vision:  Covers spectrum of care and timeline of management in all settings, from all mechanisms, and all ages.

A.     Concussion and mild TBI

Acute Care: 

  • ER: collaborative initiatives for acute detection and stabilization and initial management
  • Outpatient Care: coordinated by a specialized triage / care coordination system coordinating care utilizing available resources

Affiliated Clinics:

  • Neurology & Neurosurgery    
  • Family Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Student Health Care Center
  • Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine

Complications and Persistent Symptoms:

Better understand, recognize, and treat long-term complications of concussions to include:

  • Cognitive impairment conditions such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Psychiatric problems

UF is uniquely positioned for opportunity to effectively explore these long-term complications:

  • Unique synergy of aging resources
  • Recent awarding designation as an NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

B.     Moderate-Severe TBI

Acute Management: ER

Hospital Based: 

  • Poised to evolve with opening of new UF Neuromedicine Hospital
  • Coordination of care with Case Manager
  • Interface with state of Florida Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro ICU
  • Neurophysiology

Inpatient Rehabilitation:

Poised to evolve with plans for new Joint Venture Rehabilitation Hospital (UF Health / Select)

Outpatient Rehabilitation: area most in need of further development


II.     Research

Vision: Integrated preclinical and clinical investigations

A. Preclinical program

Area of focus to include:

  • Pathophysiology and Mechanisms of injury and Long-term Complications
  • Advance understanding of neural plasticity and recovery                  

B. Clinical Investigation Program 

Areas of focus to include:

  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Technologies for detection
  • Technologies to assess recovery
  • Innovative treatments
  • Target symptoms
  • Target neural recovery
  • Management strategies to include better guidance for –
    • Return to work
    • Return to Driving
    • Return to learn for students at all educational levels
    • Achieving maximum possible quality of life
  • Prevention Strategies
    • Primary – concussion prevention
    • Secondary – lessen symptom burden and expedite recovery
    • Tertiary – prevention of long term sequelae

III.     Education and Outreach

Vision: Effective communication to all stakeholders

Patients – Accurate, timely, useful information presented in clearly understood formats

Families and Caregivers – Linkage to appropriate resources, empowering education to enable families to reach effective management

Providers – provide updated guidance on evidence- based best practices

  • Provide effective education to next generation of practitioners
  • Develop fellowships for advanced training

Community – increase community awareness of concussions, and coordinate effective prevention efforts. Coordinate efforts with appropriate state and national agencies and policy offices.