The incidence of sports-related concussion is estimated at 300,000 per year. Recent studies estimate that the likelihood of an athlete that plays a contact sport sustaining a concussion may be as high as 19% per season. Baseline neurocognitive tests evaluate the healthy athlete’s decision making ability, reaction time, attention and memory. In the event of an athlete suffers a concussion, a re-test would give the physician additional information to safely return that athlete to competition. Although a neurocognitive test will never replace a thorough clinical exam by an experienced clinician, it can be a valuable tool in safely returning an athlete to participation. For more information on neurocognitive testing, visit the Nationwide Children’s Sport Medicine at: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/neurocognitive-concussion-testing.
On March 15th, in the Middle School Computer Lab, baseline testing will be available for spring athletes:
High School: 2:30pm- 4:30pm
Middle School: 4:30pm- 6:30pm
Coaches will distribute the consent forms and extra forms will be available in the athletic training room. Forms must be returned to the athletic trainers by March 9th.
~Submitted by Ashley Minnick