Concussion Information

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that should be taken seriously.  Below are links to information regarding concussions:

UPMC Concussion Center

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

NATA Concussion

PATS Concussion Information

Concussion Wise

In addition to a pre-season physical exam, student athletes in grades 7, 9, and 11, or those who are in grades 8, 10, or 12, and have not taken one the previous year, are required to take a baseline ImPACT test. The sports that get baseline tested are: football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, diving, lacrosse, and some track/field events.  Baseline testing is done at the high school under the supervision of our athletic training staff.  We offer the testing before the start of each season.

ImPACT is a computerized test that assesses neurocognitive function.  We use this system as a tool when at athlete sustains a concussion by comparing their post-injury performance to their baseline test.  Although it is not a substitute for clinical evaluation and physician recommendations, it is very useful in providing us with additional information on athletes’ neurocognitive function and any deficits that may be a result of concussion.  The neuropsychologists who developed this testing are consulted on every case for interpretation of test results.

If you would like to learn more about ImPACT, click on the link below:

ImPACT Applications, Inc.