Athletes at Tyler Consolidated High School are encouraged to participate in Impact Testing which will be held at the high school on Oct. 10. During the testing, baseline impact testing for concussions will be collected per athlete by Wheeling Hospital's Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine personnel. This testing, funded by Tyler Consolidated, will be performed free of charge for Silver Knight athletes.
ImPACT testing (Immediate Post - Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computer software program that analyzes the cognitive functions of the brain following a concussion. It is done in conjunction with a physicians evaluation, in which objective data is obtained to assess memory, sequencing, reaction time and visual motor speed.
In other words, Wheeling Hospital personnel will be performing tests on each athlete which will determine baseline numbers to compare with in the event those athletes should receive any type of head injury throughout the year.
A concussion is a transient or temporary disturbance of neurological function usually associated with complete recovery. A transient disturbance of neurological function can mean a ding where the individual would see stars, they have very brief, blurred vision or headaches, or it can be associated with the actual loss of consciousness.
Only 10 percent of concussions are associated with the loss of consciousness. Ninety percent of concussions are transient disturbances of vision, memory, impairment and reaction time being diminished.
The incidence of concussion among athletes is high, with about one of every five athletes expected to suffer a concussion at some time during this season.
"Hopefully this is something our kids will never have to use," said Athletic Director Ryan Walton at Tyler Consolidated. "But we want to be prepared if any of them ever do, that's why we're offering this to them."
"We foresee this Impact testing to be state mandated in the near future, but we're not waiting for that. We want what's best for our kids, now. We encourage every high school athlete to come to the school on Oct. 10th and take part in the testing, for their own benefit."
Oct. 10 is an ISE (no school for students) in Tyler County, which will allow every athlete to make time during the day to attend the testing.
For more information contact A.D. Ryan Walton at Tyler Consolidated at 304-758-9000.