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Retired Athletes Cognitive Evaluation (RACE) Center

The long term, chronic neurocognitive effects of participation in contact and collision sports are becoming a major public health concern. Recent studies have brought forth evidence that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Post Concussion Syndrome, and other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease may be associated with repetitive or sub-concussive blows to the head. 

Those who exhibit impairment later in life require a specially-designed neurological evaluation in order to address these disorders. At Burke's Retired Athletes Cognitive Center (RACE), retired professional and amateur athletes from any sports--including football, boxing, soccer and lacrosse--will receive a comprehensive neurological exam as well as diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

The costs of these tests are expensive and often not covered by commercial insurance. Therefore, they may be out of the financial reach of many retired athletes, who can have limited resources and may already be symptomatic. Burke is committed to providing medical treatment for these athletes who are unable to pay for the cost of this specialized testing. 

Evaluations at the RACE Center may include: 

  • A full neurological exam 
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • MRI scan 
  • PET scan 
  • Blood work 
  • Other laboratory testing 

The RACE Center is directed by Barry D. Jordan, MD, MPH, the Assistant Medical Director at Burke. Dr. Jordan was the Director of Burke's inpatient Brain Injury Program for 15 years and is a world-renowned sports neurologist with more than 30 years experience providing neurological care for athletes involved in contact and collision sports. 

For more information about the program, call (914) 721-RACE (7223). 

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