MANDATORY SUMMER PRE-SEASON BASELINE TEST
Orangewood Christian has been ahead of the curve in the management for Sports Related Concussion for a number of years now. We have brought the standard of care that exists in professional and collegiate sports to our athletes here at Orangewood Christian. We have implemented a concussion management policy that includes baseline neurocognitive testing prior to participation in contact or collision sports, removes an athlete from play or practice if a concussion is suspected, and completing a return to play protocol to ensure the athletes academic success and safe return to athletic participation.
If you are wondering what a baseline neurocognitive test is; it is a 30 minute computerized test that looks at the athletes brain function from the standpoint of:
- Visual Memory
- Verbal Memory
- Speed and Reaction Time
- Mental Processing
- Impulse Control
Every student athlete is required to complete this testing prior to the beginning of their respective season/sport. If a concussion is suspected the athlete will re-take the test, one of several different versions, where the scores can be compared to their baseline scores. In addition to the neurocognitive scores, we take into account the mechanism of injury, the symptoms (type, quantity and severity of those symptoms) and other medical history to determine an appropriate plan of care following an injury.
In the past we have done all of the testing prior the start of each sports season; football and volleyball in the summer, basketball, soccer and lacrosse in the winter etc. For other sports there poses a challenge every year to schedule testing due to the need of testing supervision with other events taking place. For the 2018-2019 school year; it will be REQUIRED to complete baseline testing over the summer.
Beginning July 8th through July 24th, 2019 Mandatory Summer baseline testing will be available every Monday at 10am and 10:45 and Wednesday at 2:45pm and 3:30pm in the high school computer lab. Plan for 30 to 45 minutes for set-up and testing. Once tested, they are covered for any sport activity the entire school year. They do not need to take a second baseline to participate in another sport in the same school year. Concussion baseline testing is performed every year on middle school students and every other year for high school students to account for developmental changes.
Orangewood Christian requires concussion baseline testing prior to participation including:
- all Middle School Football players and any Middle School athlete playing at the high school level
- all incoming Freshmen
- all Juniors
- Freshmen, JV or Varsity new to the school or plans on trying out for a sports team/program
Sports included: football, volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball. *Note - any middle school student is welcome to take the baseline test, but only middle school football and those playing at the high school level are REQUIRED to baseline test.
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
If your child sustains a concussion, please utilize the symptoms scoring sheet below to accurately track the progression of their symptoms.
You can also review the other recovery recommendations to help your child recover more quickly.
Symptoms Reported by the Athlete
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or fuzzy vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Feeling sluggish
• Feeling foggy or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
Signs Observed by Other Individuals
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about what to do
• Forgets plays
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness
• Shows behavior or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit
• Can’t recall events after hit