As you might be aware, concussions recently have been a "hot" topic in the mainstream media. High-profile National Football League and college players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Tim Tebow, and Kurt Warner have missed important games due to concussions, while others have been speaking out about the debilitating effects of their concussions.
In response to the concern about concussions at all levels, the Hawai'i Athletic Trainers Association, the Far West Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Athletic Trainers Association recently held several high-profile concussion conferences. The resulting recommendations will completely change concussion management, with the general consensus being to use multiple objective tests in conjunction with current subjective/functional return to play protocols to create a more comprehensive picture of concussion.
While student athletes at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy suffer far fewer and less serious concussions, the school remains vigilant in protecting our students' health and safety.
Prior to the start of this fall's sports season, the Athletic Department at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy will use ImPACT (www.impacttest.com) to baseline all students playing football. After the school year begins, we will establish and announce a baseline testing schedule for winter and spring contact sports.
ImPACT provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by coaches, athletic trainers, doctors, and other health professionals to assist them in determining an athlete's fitness to return to play after suffering a concussion. ImPACT currently is used by the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, MLS, U.S. Olympic Training Center, and many more leagues and teams. At HPA, we also will use ImPACT for post-concussion management. Learn more about ImPACT.
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact HPA Athletic Trainer Heather Mock at 808-881-4061 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For additional information about concussions and the new standard of care, visit: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html