District Begins Head Injury Prevention Program

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In an effort to manage student-athlete injuries, the Central High School District will be implementing the ImPACT test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model.

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computerized concussion management tool that utilizes a neurocognitive baseline and post-injury concussion testing to educate athletic directors, trainers, coaches, physical education instructors and school nurses on concussion management.

“Training will focus on concussion awareness, recognition and response,” explained Eric Caballero, director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health. “This will aid in addressing the need for an accurate, medically accepted assessment system as part of an overall concussion management protocol.”

This tool is being offered as a free program through the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal to support the Head Injury Prevention Program.
“Baseline cognitive testing will be conducted every two years to evaluate student athletes who compete in 12 varsity and junior varsity contact sports,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “Post-concussion testing is also provided under this free program.”

It includes cognitive baseline and post-concussion testing of student athletes, educational seminars in head injury identification, educational seminars in controlling athletic risk management exposures and information gathering on the composition of athletic surfaces for further research.

ImPACT is the first and only concussion-specific solution to be granted medical device clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Providing this type of training and testing helps protect our students and create a safer athletic environment,” added DeTommaso.