Genesis Offers Baseline Concussion Test
Zanesville, OH (Dec. 5, 2014) – Genesis Rehabilitation Services offers a baseline test to help determine when student athletes can safely return to play after suffering a concussion. Student athletes take the 20-minute computer test during the offseason. If the student suffers a concussion, the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test is given again to re-evaluate their mental abilities.
“There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the effects of concussions on student athletes,” said Keela Barker, director of Neuroscience Services at Genesis. Student athletes sometimes are not completely honest about the symptoms of a head injury because they want to get back in the game. “We offer the test to student athletes to help determine when it’s safe to return to play,” Barker said.
The test evaluates attention span, memory, problem-solving and reaction time and helps determine when the student’s brain is healed and it’s safe to get back in the game. Without the test, athletes run the risk of returning to the game before the brain is healed and increasing the risk for a second, more severe concussion.
If you’d like to find out how athletes at your school can be tested, have your athletic director or coach email Lisa Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Genesis Center for Occupational & Outpatient Rehabilitation (COOR) at (740) 455-5151 or toll-free 877-455-5151.