Student athletes — in fact, athletes of any age — must be wary of undetected injuries. One injury that can often go undetected, with serious consequences, is a concussion.
A concussion results from a blow to the head — “getting your bell rung.” Even a mild bump or blow can cause a concussion. And a second concussion before the first has healed can result in serious complications, even death. That’s why it’s so important that when a concussion occurs, the injury is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.
Although tests such as CT scans and MRIs cannot detect a concussion, ImPACT, a software program that measures an individual’s brain function, can. And OSMC is the only facility in Michiana with credentialed ImPACT consultants.
With the ImPACT system, the athlete takes an initial test to establish a baseline of reaction times. If the individual suffers a head injury a second exam is administered in conjunction with a physical evaluation. The results of the test and the evaluation are used to determine when the athlete can safely return to play.
ESPN Concussion Video
You can also learn more by visiting the ImPACT Website