Our process for managing concussion prevention and rehabilitation for your child:
The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) computerized evaluation system is one of several state-of-the-art tools The Center Foundation uses to determine if a concussion has occurred and its severity, as well as if and when it is safe for an athlete to return to contact sports.
How it works:
- At the beginning of each sport season, athletes are given a computerized neurocognitive test (ImPACT) to establish a baseline of their normal cognitive function. Baselines are especially important if the student has ADHD, dyslexia, or learning disabilities.
- Other evaluations include a neurological examination, the SCAT3, balance testing, and a visual and verbal assessment.
- In the event of a concussion, protocols are in place that guide care and treatment until the student is released to play.
- Injured athletes may not return to play until they have a physician clearance, reducing the potential for further injury, such as Second Impact Syndrome.
What is Second Impact Syndrome?
Second Impact Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the brain swells rapidly and catastrophically after a person suffers a second concussion before symptoms from an earlier one have subsided. School protocols call for at least seven days off from contact sport after initial concussion to allow brain healing and prevent a recurrent concussion. Jenna’s Law, an extension of Max’s Law, which legislated against immediate return to play on the day of concussion, has helped to markedly decrease the number of students developing Second Impact Syndrome.
Did You Know?
$76.5 billion is the cost of traumatic brain injuries in the United States.