Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private-sector employer—and PUMA FC today announced a two-year partnership that brings a certified athletic training program and proactive concussion management to the well-known and growing soccer club. 

As the “Official Healthcare Provider” for PUMA FC, Overland Park Regional Medical Center will also provide a comprehensive education program for the coaches and ImPact Testing, a computerized neurocognitive tool used to determine when an athlete can return to sports following a concussion. In addition, the hospital will provide access to board-certified sports medicine physicians for PUMA FC players and coaches.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center, a healthcare leader in Johnson County, will leverage its years of expertise in providing concussion management and concussion prevention to help soccer players stay safe on the field. 

Lori Boyajian-O’Neill, DO, FAOASM, along with her partner David D. Dyck, Jr., DO, is director of the Center for Concussion Management at Midwest Sports Medicine, part of Midwest Physicians, a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians that is part of HCA Midwest Health System, located throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. As team physician for the Missouri Mavericks hockey team, USA Volleyball’s US Women’s National Team and USA Boxing, Dr. Boyajian-O’Neill says the biggest misconception about concussions is that someone has to lose consciousness in order to be diagnosed. 

“It’s actually rare for that to occur,” she says. 

“We are very excited about this announcement, which is the first of its kind for regional competitive soccer clubs, as it puts health and safety first in competitive soccer,” says OPRMC Chief Executive Officer Damond Boatwright.  “PUMA FC is a growing soccer club and their leadership for excellence on and off the field will help reinforce our vision of improving the health and wellness of our community.  It’s another excellent partnership we have with the youth sports community, including our partnership with the Overland Park Soccer Complex.” 

Dr. Boyajian-O’Neill and Dr. Dyck are part of a growing number of sports medicine physicians who advocate comprehensive concussion management that includes ImPact Testing. The concussion management program was launched in 2010 at OPRMC and the centerpiece of the program is baseline, or ImPact Testing. 

ImPact Testing includes assessing attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. The concussion management program at OPRMC also partners with the Football/Cheerleading Club of Johnson County; more than 4,000 students in fifth to eighth grade have been baseline-tested since the program started two years ago. 

 “The safety of our players is paramount to our club and is a key value for PUMA FC,” says PUMA FC President Rob Million.  “Our relationship with Overland Park Regional Medical Center will help strengthen the foundation we’ve worked hard to build. We’re excited about the partnership and feel that aligning ourselves with the top healthcare provider in our community only enhances the experience and value of being a member of our club.”