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BEVSD providing concussion testing for student athletes

Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Barnesville Exempted Village School District is pleased to announce that it will again be providing concussion baseline testing for its student athletes at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The District was able to offer the testing in the past through a grant written by Barnesville Hospital. When the grant expired, Barnesville Athletic Director, Mark Cook, felt the service was too valuable not to continue.

"It is reassuring to know that we have documented baseline concussion testing that will greatly assist the medical professionals should any of our athletes suffer a concussion," Cook said.

An estimated 4-5 million concussions occur annually, with increases emerging among middle school athletes. ImPACT concussion testing is a widely used and scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system cleared by the FDA for ages 5 - 59. Trusted by sports teams, schools, corporations, hospitals, and clinics, ImPACT helps to evaluate and manage concussions. The ImPACT Test comes in two forms.

Baseline Test Administered by a physician, nurse, athletic trainer, athletic director, or coach before the start of a sport season, employment period, school year, or other activity. Baseline scores are collected and stored on a HIPAA compliant server.

Post-Injury Test Administered after a concussion is suspected. A licensed healthcare provider compares test results to baseline scores and/or normative data scores.

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ImPACT is not a diagnostic tool. Only a licensed healthcare professional can diagnose and treat a concussion. Instead, ImPACT can be used before and after a licensed healthcare provider has determined that a concussion has occurred. In addition to establishing neurocognitive performance baselines, healthcare providers use ImPACT test scores as an important component of their assessment of an injury. Post-injury test scores may be used by a licensed provider to inform an effective concussion treatment course of action. ImPACT may be administered multiple times after a clinician has diagnosed a concussion-- scores can be used to help measure rehabilitation and to consider whether to return an injured individual back to activity.

ImPACT is a 25-minute online assessment delivered via a secure web portal. When ImPACT is delivered in a controlled environment according to recommended specifications, it provides highly reliable neurocognitive data such as measuring attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time.

Barnesville student athletes who will be in grades 7th -10th and any student in grades 11th and 12th who has not already been assessed will take the ImPACT baseline concussion testing in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact the high school athletic office.


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