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Using Computerized Testing in Schools to Assess Concussions

11/30/2011  

Sports-related concussions are common among high school athletes, and can have long-term, debilitating effects on memory, school performance and concentration. In the study, “Computerized Neurocognitive Testing for the Management of Sport-Related Concussions,” in the January 2012 Pediatrics (published online on Nov. 30, 2011), 1,056 concussions recorded in the High School Reporting Information Online injury surveillance system during the 2009-2010 school year were examined. Concussions accounted for 15 percent of high school athletic injuries. About 40 percent of U.S. high schools that employ an athletic trainer use computerized neurocognitive tests when assessing sport-related concussions. Students who were assessed with computerized neurocognitive tests were less likely to return to play within 10 days of their injury. Study authors feel that it is important for ATs and physicians to properly manage concussed athletes in order to determine appropriate and safe timing of return to play.

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