PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) -
Concussions continue to be in the news. Concussions are not only diagnosed at the Professional sports level, but also at the amateur level. The Maine Concussion Management Initiative provides the ImPact test to MCMI member schools. According to the ImPact website The test provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices -- as part of determining safe return to play decisions.
<(Mark White):"We do it to Freshman and Juniors every year. Usually before the start of each sports season we will bring the kids in and test them during school so we will be sure we have them and they will be all set for two years."
The Impact test is given to athletes before the start of the season. The test will be used as a baseline if an Athlete suffers a concussion during the year
"This is a baseline test and if they sustain a concussion they will re do the same test post injury."
The Maine Department of Education released its Model Policy on Concussion Management on Nov. 28, 2012.
Each school administrative unit in Maine was required to adopt a concussion management policy beginning Jan. 1, 2013.The baseline results of the test are sent to Maine Concussion Management Initiative which is based on the Colby College Campus. If an Athlete is diagnosed with a concussion the impact test is just one step to returning to action
Helstrom:" It is not an end all test. If they do well on this test this is just one of the tools that we use post concussion. They will a graduated return to play with me down at the clinic and here at the school"
The test is based on both cognitive and reaction time.
Helstrom:"This is a good tool especially the reactionary aspect. Basically when an Athlete sustains a concussion their reaction time is thrown off a little bit and this test will show us that."