Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Concussions: The Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Marlene Chotkowski on Dec 10, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Concussions occur more frequently than reported, according to Dr. Clark Elliott ( Often times, people simply bump their heads, or have an unrecognized event in which there is only a short moment of confusion, or disruption of thought. As a concussion sufferer and author of “The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back” Dr. Elliott knows first hand about living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Athletics Health Trends School Nurses

Summer sports and concussion consideration resources

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 3, 2015 9:58:00 AM

Summer sports are here. They are beautiful things but they inherently come with risks. No surprise, sustaining a concussion is one of those risks. We've done a large amount of work on concussions in the past, and this blog post bundles all of that work into one location so you can easily and quickly get yourself up to speed on the latest and greatest developments. Get informed and head back to the field/gym/track/etc. Ready, set, go.

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Topics: Athletics

Exercise options in independent schools

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 18, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Net_AssetsImagine my delight when I sat down to read the May/June 2015 issue of Net Assets, and I came upon an article, "Exercising Their Options" which features none other than one of our beloved clients, Providence Day School. The article focuses on how independent schools are increasing the opportunity to exercise, and the different ways students can exercise during the school day. Compared to students in past decades, today's children have less strength and balance and underdeveloped motor skills, so these new opportunities are very important.

Providence Day School is combating these issues with high-tech devices like bluetooth-enabled monitors, as well as low-tech exercises like rope and rock climbing. They've also created an inside and outside facility for the transitional kindergarten students with items that are designed to stimulate imagination. For instance, outside the kids play with bamboo, ropes, and fabric, and inside they can find yarn, blocks, instruments, and paint. The idea behind all of it is to engage students in the varying levels of exercise that will force them to develop their physical fitness and motor skills.

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Topics: Athletics Health Trends School Nurses

Magnus for your athletic trainers and coaches

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 23, 2015 8:42:00 AM

When we speak with school health departments, we're asked on a daily basis how our product can work for the athletics department as well. The good news is, the very same product that can be customized for the school nurse and counselor can also be customized for the athletic trainer and coaches. Here's how it works.

Customized treatment notes

Does your athletic trainer need to chart an injury? Specify what is injured? Note which muscle was strained or ligament was torn? Indicate which sport and/or activity caused the injury? We understand the needs for athletic trainers are different than for nurses, and that's why we've granted the ability to customize a treatment note to your specific needs. It's as simple as editing a template and adding, changing, removing any fields as you see necessary.

Take a look at the brief screencast below and see just one way you could format your athletic treatment notes. Keep in mind, two things. 1) This is only a sample, you have the freedom and capability to customize your treatment notes as you see fit. 2) When you purchase the Health Services suite, we will create and customize these templates for you.

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Topics: Athletics Technology Work Smarter, Not Harder

First ever conference just for Independent School Health Professionals

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 14, 2015 2:35:04 PM

I've been holding in a rather enormous secret for some time now. It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can now tell you everything. 

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Topics: Athletics School Nurses

Ten facts you should know about sport-related concussions

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 24, 2015 11:37:47 AM

10_facts_concussionsAthletes take on numerous risks each time they step on the field, hop in the pool, or skate onto the ice. One of those risks is head injuries. Regardless of whether or not an athlete participates in contact sports, a sport-related concussion (SRC) could happen to almost any athlete, at any time. That's why each coach, school nurse, and athletic trainer should have the most recent information on concussion diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

That's also why we took notes from our guest expert Missy Fraser, MS, ATC, from the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center, and compiled this list of ten facts you should know about sport-related concussions.

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Topics: Athletics Health Trends School Nurses

Upcoming expert webinar: Traumatic brain injuries & recent research

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 30, 2015 10:43:27 AM

I'm happy to let you in on a bit of a secret: we have some really, really good webinars coming your way. Not just any webinars, guest expert webinars. A full lineup will be announced soon, but what I can tell you here and now, is that February 17, from 2-3 PM Eastern, guest expert Missy Fraser will present on traumatic brain injuries and recent research. Missy will speak from her own experiences and research at The Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes.

During this webinar, Missy will answer the following questions:

  • What are the effects of cognitive and physical rehabilitation on Return to Play (RTP)? 
  • Head Impact Sensors: What's out there? How can you use them? Are they all they're cracked up to be?
  • Long-term impact: Can sport-related head impacts result in long-term cognitive, physical, or emotional changes?

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Topics: Emergencies Athletics Health Trends School Nurses

New Year's resolutions at school

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 6, 2015 12:03:00 PM


New Year's resolutions: Overrated or inspiring? For those of us who make resolution lists longer than Tom Clancy novels, they just might be overrated. But, when correctly planned and thoughtfully pursued, it's true that resolutions can bring about real change - and inspire others to do the same.

That's why New Year's resolutions at school are so powerful. When anyone - a student or staff member - takes on positive resolutions, their change can inspire the entire community. But what kind of resolutions should school staff members be making? How can they inspire students to have a productive and fun year? We propose using these six New Year's resolutions that are perfect for schools.

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Topics: Business Office Athletics School Nurses

Concussion prevention and response: High school winter sports

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Dec 4, 2014 11:49:00 AM

concussion_manAs high school winter sport athletes are bundling up to train through the coldest months of the year there is one topic in the back of parents' and coaches' minds: Concussions. And while statistics and news surrounding the lasting effects of concussions are usually referenced in football, concussion safety matters in every sport - especially winter sports such as ice hockey, basketball, and wrestling. The fact of the matter is that concussions can happen to any athlete, at any time, and they actually affect athletes in winter sports more than any other season.

That's why we've provided four steps to approaching concussions during high school winter sports so everyone can stay as safe as possible. While the focus here is on preventing concussions, it's quite possible that a TBI (traumatic brain injury) may still occur which is why concussion treatment techniques are included below. By following medical guidelines for concussion prevention, diagnoses, and treatment, you can be a part of the growing movement to reduce concussions in sports everywhere.

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Topics: Athletics Regulations & Legislation School Nurses

Responding to student emergencies with Magnus Mobile and Magnus911 [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 22, 2014 9:09:00 AM

Client Profile Will_Everett

  • Name: Will Everett
  • Title: Athletic Trainer
  • School: Newton Country Day School
  • Location: Newton, MA
  • Type: Grades 5-12 Private, Catholic school for girls
  • Size: 420 students
  • Website:

Will Everett has worked as a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer since 2001 at both Emerson College and Newton Country Day School. At Newton he teaches Anatomy to juniors and seniors, assists the Athletic Director, serves as a moderator for the Peer Education Committee, and is a high school student advisor. This year he has been working on a committee with other faculty and staff members at Newton to incorporate a Wellness curriculum for the high school students. As an American Red Cross instructor, Everett also teaches First Aid and CPR/AED courses within the Newton community. With his teenage daughter, he delivers food twice a month for the Food for Families pantry at the Sanger Center in Quincy, MA.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR Emergencies Athletics Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories