Concussion Baseline Testing
Speed, power, and momentum propel athletes to success and teams to winning games. However, these athletic fundamentals can also lead to serious head injuries.
With this in mind, The Center Foundation partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Department in 2000. Together, we implemented the first high school concussion baseline testing program west of the Mississippi. As a result, Central Oregon high school athletes are now part of a progressive program that is setting new standards for concussion diagnosis and treatment.
Called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), this computerized evaluation system is one of several tools The Center Foundation uses. It is a powerful aid in evaluating if a concussion has occurred. In addition, it can help to determine the severity of the injury. Most importantly, comparing post-concussion test results to an athlete’s baseline assists in deciding if and when it is safe for an athlete to return to contact sports.
At the beginning of each sports season, we offer computerized baseline testing for young athletes. This test, known as "ImPACT," records a young athlete's normal mental function. As a result , if an athlete does sustain a concussion, a post-injury test can be compared to their baseline. This comparison helps guide diagnosis and treatment.
Available Dates for Concussion Baseline Testing
Due to COVID-19 we are unable to schedule our community baseline testing days for youth ages 12-18 who did not receive a test at school. We hope to resume this service as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience.
Working hand in hand with schools, The Center, St. Charles, and other medical professionals, The Center Foundation’s concussion protocols help districts comply with their own policies, and the requirements of Max’s Law.
Since the program began in the 2000-01 school year, The Center Foundation has conducted more than 15,000 baseline tests. In fact, our athletic trainers have managed over 2,000 student concussions. Additionally, we have helped high schools from Jefferson County to Klamath County implement their own concussion programs and policies. Taking the program further, we are now working with the Bend-La Pine School District to help middle schools, as well as with Bend Parks and Recreation to address concussions.
If your student did not receive a concussion test at school
Concussion baseline testing is available to all students ages 12 to 18 through The Center Foundation. For more information, or to schedule a test, call 541-322-2323.
Did You Know?
$76.5 billion - the cost of traumatic brain injuries in the United States.