UMS-Wright Claims Victory In State Championship – ImPACT Concussion Testing A Win For Players
UMS-Wright dominated on December 7th to claim a 42-14 victory over Oneonta in the Class 4A championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, earning the Bulldogs their sixth state championship in school history.
It was a proud moment for all and a cause for major celebration for staff and players alike, however a smaller on-going victory was also taking place. That victory revolved around ImPACT concussion testing and player safety.
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT was developed to provide useful information to assist qualified practitioners in making sound return to play decisions following concussions. These decisions which can have far reaching effects on the health of young athletes.
Stacy Harrelson, the trainer at UMS-Wright Preparatory School which is one of 5 area high schools which receives ImPACT concussion testing from The Watson Neuroscience Foundation and Pinnacle Brain & Spine Center, believes the service is invaluable the continued health of players.
“The ImPACT system is a great tool for the safety of the kids. For years and years we’ve had to decide if we should keep players out or send them back in, and this just takes the guesswork out of it.”
“Once the kids have had the baseline test it’s easy and quick for Dr. Ronderos to hold them or put them back in. In the four years we’ve been using it, it’s taken a burden and relief off of us.”
Mr. Harrelson also believes this tool is beneficial for parents and the school administration as it eases the minds of parents about potential injuries to their kids.
“ImPACT is a great tool and Dr. Ronderos and his staff have been great. That he can access our database remotely and quickly means that players can get the best immediate decision.”
“More schools ought to utilize this system for the safety of the kids.”