CONCUSSION SAFETY

 

When most people think of concussions in kids' sports, football usually comes to mind -- certainly it's been a topic in the news. Not many new wrestlers or parents realize that concussions sometimes occur in wrestling as well.  Concussions are not always caused by direct blows to the head.  They sometimes happen because of quick, jarring movements, like being thrown to the mat.

 

Historically, concussions have been an infrequent injury in our program.  (A 2008 national study by the Journal of Athletic Training estimates that roughly 5% of wrestling injuries are concussions.  Over 40% are sprains and strains.).  However, they are possible.  Our program takes advantage of the HS medical trainers, who are well versed in identifying potential concussion injuries.  Our coaches receive training as well.  

 

Below is a site that conducts baseline testing.  It is a resource parents can use before the season that serves as a reference for later, if an injury occurs, to determine whether the effects of a concussion are detectable, and the severity of those effects. 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BASELINE TESTING

 

Customer Code 9576859099

 

DO NOT USE THIS SITE FOR POST INJURY TESTING-ONLY BASELINE TESTING

 

  • Close all other programs before starting the test. If you have a pop-up blocker installed, you will need to turn it off temporarily.
     

  • Go to http://www.impacttestonline.com/atlanticneuroscienceconcussioncenter/

  • You will be linked directly to the test website. Click on Launch Baseline Test.
     

  • Enter units of measure preferred for testing.
     

  • On the Sports and Health History page, choose Randolph Township Recreation for the school/organization from the drop down menu, and enter your birth date.
     

  • You will be directed to a series of questions that you will need to answer before taking the test. Please answer all questions as honestly as possible.
     

  • Follow the test questions carefully. Missing key instructions or not giving the test your full attention will affect your results.
     

  • Put in your best effort. This is a hard test. No one gets everything right, so don’t get frustrated.
     

  • If you become confused about the directions, keep trying to do your best.
     

  • Notify the Concussion Center 908-522-6146 if you have any problems or are unable to complete the test.
     

It will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete the test. Turn off music, TV, or other background noises while taking the test.

 

To ensure that home-based results are accurate, a parent/guardian must supervise any student-athlete under the age of 18 during the testing procedureIf using laptop computer, must use external mouse.
 

Troubleshooting Tips:
 

  • Flash reader program needs to be on your computer. If not, downloads are available at www.adobe.com.
     

  • Make sure your firewall allows downloads. And that the Internet Session Time Limit is set to at least 45 minutes.
     

  • Your desktop or laptop must have an internet connection and an external mouse. Do not run a laptop from the battery.

 

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