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Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex is First to Provide Baseline Brain Function Test for Athletes in Central Georgia
Date:12/17/2012

Macon, GA (PRWEB) December 17, 2012

Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex is the first in Central Georgia to provide a baseline brain function test whose data would be used to better manage a concussion should such an injury occur.

Previously, the computerized concussion evaluation system, called ImPACT© (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), was available only to athletes on high school, collegiate, elite or professional sports teams or within athletic organizations who used the system. This is the first time that ImPACT will be available to any individual aged 10 and older, including recreational and serious athletes and non-athletes. These may include, for example, skiers, snowboarders, skateboarders, cyclists and recreational basketball and softball players.

The ImPACT baseline testing is available by appointment only and can be scheduled by contacting Tee Spinks, Certified Athletic Trainer at Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex, at 478.474.2114.

ImPACT has proven to be a useful tool in measuring the severity and effects of concussion and determining when it is safe for concussed athletes or individuals to return to sports or activity. With ImPACT, the athlete or individual takes a pre-season or pre-activity 20-minute test on a computer that measures brain processing such as speed, memory and visual motor skills. The individual's baseline data are stored in a computer file. Should the individual ever experience a concussion, he or she will take the ImPACT test several times in the days following concussion. Post-concussion data are then compared to baseline data to help determine the severity and effects of the injury. The data help determine when the athlete's neurocognitive brain function has returned to baseline scores when it is safe for the athlete or individual to return to sp
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