Release Date: 2/12/2014
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

BCPS offers baseline concussion management testing for student athletes

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TOWSON, MD. – Student athletes in Baltimore County Public Schools are encouraged to register now for free baseline testing offered as part of the school system’s comprehensive concussion management program.

Based on input from the Baltimore County School Health Council and a consulting group of physicians and concussion experts, Baltimore County Public Schools is offering ImPACT baseline tests for student athletes on February 25, 26 and 27. Testing will take place at Eastern Technical, Loch Raven, and Pikesville high schools by appointment only from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and from 3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. on each testing day. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the BCPS Office of Athletics at 410-887-2328. There is no charge to student athletes, their parents, or schools for this program.

ImPACT is a computerized software tool developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that evaluates a person’s memory, reaction time, visual motor speed and impulse control.

According to ImPACT Applications, Inc., “Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play. An estimated 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with increases emerging among middle school athletes."

Baseline testing is not required. It is offered as a supplement to the school system’s concussion management program. All student athletes who sustain a concussion must obtain clearance from a health care provider to return to play. ImPACT is a tool that a health care provider may use to guide the decision by helping the provider compare post concussion results to the baseline.

Baseline testing will be offered for one week during each BCPS sports season -- fall, winter and spring.

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