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Published on August 14, 2017

Bryan Health Provides Baseline Concussion Testing to Athletes of All Ages in Southeast Nebraska

 

Bryan Health and Lincoln Orthopaedic Center will provide baseline concussion testing to athletes of all ages in Southeast Nebraska.

“Bryan is always looking to improve the health and well-being of the people of our region,” said Linda Jeffery, therapy manager at Bryan Health who oversees baseline concussion testing. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to work with youth sports organizations, area high schools and parents to keep young athletes safe and healthy while they compete.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), up to 4 million concussions occur in the United States every year. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms include confusion, memory loss, nausea, blurred vision or dizziness. This condition can affect any athlete, male or female, playing any sport. Eighty percent of concussions are resolved successfully if managed well within the first three weeks of injury.

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is the most-widely used concussion evaluation system. ImPACT is a computer-based test that measures multiple aspects of brain function. Each individual tests attention span, memory, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. Baseline scores are compared to post-injury results to assess the injury. This information is used to determine the extent of the injury, as well as a return to school and sports activities.

Bryan Health and Lincoln Orthopaedic Center partner with local high schools and youth sports organizations to provide athletic training services. A certified athletic trainer covers daily practices and attends all home varsity matches. They evaluate, treat, rehabilitate and provide first aid to athletes. ImPACT is included in these services. Area hospitals provide financial support for this service.

Bryan Health tests nearly 2,000 athletes every year. Multiple youth sports organizations and area high schools participate in baseline concussion testing:

  • Lincoln Midget Football
  • Lincoln Christian, Lincoln Lutheran, and Parkview Christian High Schools
  • Crete High School
  • David City and Aquinas Catholic High Schools
  • Wahoo High School
  • Waverly High School
  • York High School
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