Sports Concussion Testing is a Win for Pennridge School District and Grand View Hospital
|Pennridge School District is hitting sports-induced concussions where it counts with the help of Grand View Hospital. Pennridge continues to require its student athletes to take part in the innovative ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program this school year to assist the school district’s athletic trainers when evaluating and treating head injuries.
Beginning this week, all Pennridge High School and Middle School students who participate in a school-sponsored contact sport will be given the computerized ImPACT exam. The test, administered by physical therapists from Grand View Hospital, tracks memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration levels. The video game-style format is non-invasive and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Results of the test will be used as a baseline for evaluating future head injuries on the field. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of the injury. Retesting helps determine whether the injury has fully healed.
“The ImPACT test is essentially a preseason physical of the brain,” says Bruce Bovard, PhD, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction of Pennridge School District. “The results can then help our students’ family doctors determine whether any physical or cognitive impairment has occurred.”
Currently, more than 10,000 medical professionals have been trained by ImPACT on concussion management and the ImPACT Program. ImPACT is in use by many teams in MLB, NHL, and NFL. More than 7,400 high schools, 1,000 colleges and universities, 200 professional teams, and select military units also use ImPACT.
“The test is a great tool to help physicians and other health professionals evaluate the extent of head injuries and determine when student athletes are ready to get back in the game,” says Keith Hammerschmidt, PT, Director of Physical Medicine & Rehab at Grand View Hospital. Hammerschmidt says that the program has the potential to spread to other school sports programs in the region. “We’re glad to help supplement the school district training staff in the communities we serve.”
All Pennridge students entering seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades who participate in fall, winter, or spring contact sports will be tested this school year. Students who recently moved into the district and plan to participate in contact sports will also be tested. Students who continue to participate in contact sports will be retested every two years.
For more information on ways that Grand View Hospital can help sports organizations administer ImPACT testing for their athletes, please call Physical Medicine at 215-453-3220.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care