Concussion Testing & Assessment

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Take Precautions to Allow for Easier Detection of a Concussion

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AthletiCare Orchard Park
3669 Southwestern Boulevard
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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6199 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043
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94 Olean Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
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2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
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2605 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
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550 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
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Concussions are a Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the most debilitating injuries that can occur in sports is a concussion, also known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65% of concussions in sports & recreation are among children aged 5 - 18 years.

Caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, the brain quickly moves back and forth, changing the way that your brain normally works.

Left undiagnosed and treated, concussions can cause persistent symptoms that can last weeks, months and possibly years. Anyone with concussion symptoms should pursue medical care immediately to avoid permanent damage.

Baseline Testing

Because concussion can cause subtle changes in how quickly and accurately you think, they can be difficult to detect without a a baseline for "normal."

Our athletic trainers use the ImPACT™ concussion tool to determine that baseline.

ImPACT™ is a web-based computerized assessment tool that measures multiple areas of cognitive function such as memory, attention span, problem solving and reaction time. Testing occurs before a concussion takes place, such as during the athlete's pre-season. Athletes should re-take the baseline test every two years.

If an injury does occur, an athlete’s concussion is managed by comparing the baseline test with test results taken after the injury occurred.

We also use the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 3 (SCAT3). The SCAT3 assesses symptoms, balance, memory and concentration. The test is performed one-on-one with the athletic trainer and student athlete prior to the start of the season and
again following a concussion.

Returning to Play After a Concussion

Once an athlete does not experience symptoms for 24 hours and has medical clearance from a physician, as authorized by the particular school's policy, the return-to-play protocol will be followed. An athlete can progress to the next phase if there is no return of symptoms within 24 hours.

  • Phase 1: low impact, non-strenuous, light aerobic activity such as walking or riding a stationary bike
  • Phase 2: higher impact, higher exertion, and moderate aerobic activity such as running or jumping rope
  • Phase 3: sport-specific non-contact activity; low resistance weight training with a spotter
  • Phase 4: sport-specific activity, non-contact drills; higher resistance weight training with a spotter
  • Phase 5: full contact training drills and intense aerobic activity
  • Phase 6: return to full activities without restrictions

As recommended by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA), this progression should be completed over 5-10 days and the athlete must have completed all six phases of the protocol in order to return to normal game play.

The athlete must remain without symptoms to progress to the next level. In the event that symptoms return, the athlete must stop activity until he or she is without symptoms for 24 hours.