Concussion testing expands to include Middle School athletes|
Antigo High/Middle School is currently implementing an innovative program for its student-athletes in grades seven through high school.
This program will assist area physicians/athletic trainers in evaluating and treating head injuries that could occur during a sports season.
In order to better manage concussions sustained by student-athletes, the school district has acquired a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).
ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. The non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test.
If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be required to re-take the test. Both the preseason and post-injury test data is used to help evaluate the injury. The information gathered can also be shared with the athlete’s family doctor.
The test data will enable these health professionals to determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete.
In a change from previous years, student athletes in seventh and eighth grades attending the Middle School, All-Saints or Peace Lutheran along with high school athletes are being offered multiple opportunities to take the test prior to the start of the fall sports season. ImPACT testing is a requirement prior to the athlete being allowed to participate.
Contact sports to be tested are football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling and track and field (due to shot and discus). Student-athletes of all levels are asked to attend one of four remaining testing dates.
No appointment is needed as sports participants can just show up during a scheduled testing time.
The four remaining opportunities will each take place on a Tuesday beginning July 23 in the high school commons at 11:15 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.; July 30 at the Middle School in the IMC (use door No. 1) at 3 p.m.; Aug. 6 in the high school at 8 or 9 a.m. or Aug. 20 at the Middle School either 3 or 4 p.m.
A concussion discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle School IMC on Aug. 20 and is open to the public. Antigo athletic trainer Sandi Robrecht will discuss the topic of concussions. Robrecht will also conduct a brief talk in the Volm Theater as well on Aug. 5 during the fall sports meeting and prior to guest speaker Jack Renkens talk on Recruiting Realities.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Heather McCann at 715-623-7611 ext. 2184 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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