To provide some context, in July 2015, the Texas Legislature’s Sunset Advisory Commission adopted a management action (nonstatutory) directing collaboration between the University Interscholastic League and UT Southwestern (SUNSET TEXAS, 2015) :
“…As a management action, direct UIL to immediately take all proactive steps to commence establishing a collaborative relationship with UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, a state-funded initiative to promote innovative research and education, with the goals of accelerating translation into better diagnosis and revolutionizing care for millions of people who suffer brain injuries each year…” (Representative Four Price, Vice Chair – Sunset Advisory Commission).
The Texas Sports Concussion Network Registry (CON-TEX) is the first step toward the development of one of the first state-wide concussion registries in the United States. The project aims to document and track concussion incidence, examine injury characteristics, and identify risk factors among school-aged athletes. The CON-TEX registry will set the stage to begin collecting data on concussions in high school athletes attending Texas UIL schools.
In sum, for the 2016-2017 academic year, the UIL will ask for voluntary participation from all Texas public and charter schools to enter concussion data into the ConTex registry. Post-concussion, the student athlete will be approached by the trainer to participate in the registry. If student athlete is below 18, it is required that his/her parent or legally authorized representative also sign the consent. Each school will retain their routine injury information on each player.
We are looking forward to working with you and your ISD’s to deploy this important state-wide initiative. Currently, we are finalizing on the concussion reporting tool and look forward to staying in close touch in the coming weeks. We would greatly appreciate disseminating this information down to the administrators, fellow trainers, and coaches within your ISD. Thank you again and I look forward to updating you as we continue to move forward.