By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GMCGwinnett Medical Center-Duluth’s Concussion Institute to work with professional football players
Institute provides access, comprehensive capabilities

Lawrenceville, Ga. (June 8, 2017) – Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC)-Duluth recently announced that the Concussion Institute has been named a provider for current and former professional football players who suffered concussions during their athletic careers. Through this work, GMC-Duluth is improving access and providing a solution for growing issues surrounding concussions, involving diagnosis and management.

Patients treated at the Concussion Institute will meet with the staff to test for the following:

• Pre-morbid intellectual ability

• Dementia

• Complex attention/processing speed

• Executive functioning 

• Performance vitality 

• Learning and memory capabilities

In addition, the Concussion Institute’s medical director, Saadiq El-Amin, MD, PhD, will provide sports related medical evaluation.

“GMC-Duluth’s Concussion Institute has the capabilities to provide the cognitive testing required for current and former professional athletes so they may obtain needed treatment,” said Dr. El-Amin. “Accessibility to experts and convenience are critical when providing testing of this nature. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a significant impact.”

“Its important athletes have a solution to address the growing concussion issues and GMC-Duluth’s facility provides what is needed for assessment and treatment,” said Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation Board Member Chuck Smith, a former professional athlete.

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Program is nationally recognized for treating the whole athlete. Services include orthopedic medicine and surgery, sports psychology, concussion treatment, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and fitness and performance enhancement. Additionally, the program provides athletic trainer services for 17 local high schools and Georgia Gwinnett College, and is the official healthcare provider for the Atlanta Gladiators, the Gwinnett Braves and multiple recreational athletic leagues, such as lacrosse, softball and soccer.

About Gwinnett Health System
Gwinnett Health System (GHS) is the parent company of Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.  GHS employs 5,000 associates and has 800 affiliated physicians serving more than 600,000 patients annually.  Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Additional facilities include: the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, the Gwinnett Extended Care Center, Glancy Rehabilitation Center, outpatient health centers and surgical centers, imaging centers and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy facilities. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.