As fall sports begin in Logan County so does the possibility of concussion for student athletes. Concussions can occur in any sport or physical activity. As student athletes are playing longer and harder than ever before, the potential for concussion continues to increase.
Funding provided by Mary Rutan Foundation allows the implementation of computerized base line concussion testing at Benjamin Logan and Bellefontaine High Schools and the continuation of testing at Indian Lake High School.
The ImPACT Test takes about 25 minutes to complete and is administered by one of Mary Rutan’s Certified Athletic Trainers. Baseline tests are suggested every two years. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report can serve as a comparison test before, during and after to assist the trainer and health care professionals to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion and establish a treatment and return-to-sport plan for the injured athlete.
The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including: attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal, problem solving, and reaction time.
“The MRH Sports Medicine Team goal is to test approximately 800 athletes this year, prior to the student’s sports season,” said Ed Wisner, Director for Athletic Training Services. “Following difficulties or suspected concussion, The ImPACT system will be included in an already comprehensive return-to-play protocol established at each school. We are thankful for the continued investment and support in the safety of area students from Mary Rutan Foundation and Mary Rutan Hospital”, said Wisner.
The ImPact testing is one more tool to assist in the safety of area student athletes and complements the county-wide concussion initiative that was kicked off in August of 2013 by Health Commissioner, Boyd Hoddinott and Kristy Wisner, PT,DPT, of MRH’s Physical Rehabilitation Center.
For further information about ImPact testing or the Mary Rutan Hospital Concussion Clinic call (937) 593-0822.
Submitted by the Mary Rutan Foundation.