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Dubois Panthers Football Players will have the first practice on August 4, 2014 from 530pm-730pm at the Dubois City Park. We recommend that all 10yr olds and older have had impact testing done prior to starting practice. Please call DRMC Out patient to make your child an appointment. It's free.

A short parent meeting will be at this first practice at 5:10pm.

 

BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING INFORMATION SHEET

 

In order to better manage concussions, the Outpatient Physical Therapy department at DuBois Regional Medical Center is using a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).  ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions.  If an individual is believed to have suffered a head injury, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of the head injury and when the injury had fully healed.

The computerized exam can be given to individuals before beginning contact sport practice or competition (baseline test).  The test is non-invasive and is set up in a “video-game” type format and takes about 30 minutes to complete.  It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration.  It is not an IQ test.

If a concussion is suspected, the individual will re-take the test.  Both the preseason and post-injury test data is given to physician(s) or other health care professionals directly involved in the care of the individual to help evaluate the injury.  The test data will enable these health care professionals to determine when return to play is appropriate and safe for the injured individual.

Please note that if an individual does not have a baseline test, they still should receive a post-injury test.  ImPACT has a large amount of normative data available for individuals ages 10 and older.  ImPACT allows comparisons to be made to individuals like themselves to help provide an additional assessment tool to their medical provider.

We can be reached at (814) 375-3372.  Please feel free to contact us.

 

Dear Coaches and Parents:

 

We wanted to thank you for your interest in partnering with DRMC in administering baseline ImPACT testing for your athletes. ImPACT is an important tool in aiding in concussion diagnosis and recovery.

 

DRMC was awarded a grant to help improve concussion management in our area.  For this reason we will be able to offer free baseline ImPACT testing to area youth ages 10 and above for 2014.

Please keep the following points in mind as you prepare for testing:

  • Each test is free
  • Testing is for players ages 10 and up
  • We suggest that players under the age of 14 have baseline tests done yearly
  • We plan on performing tests on groups no more than 20 at a time
  • Each test group will take about an hour to complete
  • Each player must provide a signed consent form (parent/guardian signature required) at or before time of testing.  Players without a signed consent form will not be tested.

We are offering testing for area youth on Saturday, July 19th and Saturday July 26th.  Testing groups (15 to 20 players per group) take about 1 hour.  We will start our first group at 9 am.  We will add more groups and times as the need arises. 

To schedule your child or players for testing, please call the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at DRMC at 375-3372. 

 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ATHLETES SHOW UP 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THEIR ASSIGNED TESTING TIME…TESTING FOR EACH GROUP WILL START ON THE HOUR SCHEDULED.

 

 

Testing will be conducted in the Central Resource Center at DuBois Regional Medical Center (Old Central Christian High School building).  Enter the main entrance and wait in the lobby area for directions.

 

In this packet, there are key pieces of information to be met to ensure compliance/regulatory needs are in place and to ensure a smooth testing process.

 

  • The Baseline Concussion Testing Information Sheet describes the reasoning behind ImPACT testing.

     

  • The form that includes “Pre-Registration for Baseline Concussion Testing” and “Consent for Baseline Concussion Testing” needs to be completed and signed by the child’s parent/guardian. 

     

    We encourage parents and coaches to accompany athletes for testing as we will provide education and tips on the importance of proper concussion management and will be happy to answer questions related to this topic.

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Dennison or George Fatula at 375-3372. Thank you again in joining us to provide more advanced concussion care to area athletes.

     

    *Players without a signed consent form will not be tested

 

First Practice for Football Players will be held on August 4th from 530p-730p at the City Park near the basketball courts.

 

If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact Gil at 590-5569, Dustin at 591-9626 and Becky at 592-5171.

 

 



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