What is a Concussion?
The CDC defines a concussion as: "a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells." Signs and symptoms of a concussion include but are not limited to:
- sensitivity to light and noise
- feeling "in a fog"
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty remembering
- feeling slowed down
- feeling of pressure in head
- sleep disturbances
- balance problems
If you think your child is suffering from a concussion, have him/her be evaluated by the school athletic trainer as soon as possible.
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- OhioHealth Sports Medicine HB 143 Information
- CDC Website: Head's Up
- Ohio Department of Health: Ohio's Youth Concussion Law
- OHSAA Concussion Regulations
- Ohio Legislative Service Commission: House Bill 143 ("The Concussion Law")
- Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (2016 Update)
Concussion Baseline Testing
Madison Christian Sports Medicine utilizes ImPACT to baseline all 7th, 9th, and 11th graders. ImPACT stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. It is a neurocognitive assessment completed online in the computer lab at school.
ImPACT baseline testing is free to Madison Christian athletes due to the partnership with OhioHealth Sports Medicine. In order to keep up with the latest research and best practices in the management of concussions we are recommending that athletes should have a baseline every 2 years. For logistical reasons the sports medicine staff will test or re-test all Freshman and Juniors. Any other athletes that are new to the school/sport or do not have a baseline with us that is less than 2 years old can be tested at anytime. Testing Sessions are scheduled around sport schedules each season. Those times and days are visible on the Athletic Trainer calendar.
For additional information on ImPACT Testing, please visit https://impacttest.com/.