CCMH works with local school on ImPACT program

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Mike Rohde, CCMH Physical Therapist, conducts the balance testing portion of the ImPACT test with Austin Conrad after Austin sustained a concussion during a high school football game this fall.

CCMH works with local school on ImPACT program

For many people, football is a fall ritual – they look forward to attending and watching games with their friends, friendly arguments over plays and calls, watching their children and others compete for the local team. Unfortunately, the football tradition is accompanied by a tradition of brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions every year in the United States. The likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport experiencing a concussion is estimated to be as high as 1 out of 5. In the past, the decision to return to action was somewhat subjective. The ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) assessment, now being used at Atlantic High School (AHS), provides measurable data to help determine when it is safe for a player to return to action following a brain injury.

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