Starting spring semester, all athletes, regardless of whether they play a contact sport or not, are required to undergo imPACT baseline concussion testing.
This requirement leaves some non-contact sport athletes confused.
“How would a golfer get a concussion?” sophomore girls’ golf captain Monica Dayao asked. “I suppose if you were hit by a golf ball it would be possible, but come on, we’re not that bad.”
“I do not usually see people getting concussions in tennis,” sophomore Vinay Gajula said. “It’s probably a good idea for football, soccer and actual contact sports though.”
In terms of athlete safety, however, the new requirement allows medical personnel to be more prepared in the result of head injury.
“The incidence of head injury is not as high in non-contact sports, but the usefulness remains the same,” trainer Melissa Russell said.
According to Ms. Russell, although there is a low chance of receiving a head injury during non-contact sports, such as tennis or golf, students could receive it during daily activities.
“If a student suffers a head injury during daily activities, then we can treat the athlete appropriately in order to return to sport safely,” Ms. Russell said.
ImPACT Baseline Testing provides a neurocognitive baseline for all athletes to help them recover from a head injury.
“The information from the ImPact testing provides assessment tools to be used by medical doctors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals to assist in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion,” Athletic Director Vince Arduini said.
“Baseline testing gives us a reading on what is normal for each individual,” girls’ tennis coach Marci Bahr said. “If someone has an accident, we can test again and then go back to that baseline reading for comparison and be able to tell if there is a problem.”
For some, the test can be unintentionally difficult.
Junior Jeffrey Fastow said, “I passed all the tests except the color one because I am color blind.”