Information from Stanford Children’s Health
BUSC is excited to announce the beginning of baseline concussion testing for all competitive Premier and Elite players in the U14-U19 age groups. Through a partnership with Stanford Children’s Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, testing will be offered to all players during the month of June into July. There is no cost to the players. BUSC is covering the cost of the test and Stanford is coordinating the administration of the test.
We will be using the baseline test ImPACT. ImPACT is a computerized exam. It is used in most professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country. If a player is believed to have suffered a head injury during practice or competition, ImPACT is a tool that can be used to evaluate the severity of the head injury and further assess the athlete’s recovery.
Ideally, the computerized exam is given to players before the season. This simple, non-invasive test is set up in a video-game type format and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. ImPACT is not an IQ test. There are no known risks to taking the test.
If a concussion is suspected, a player will be offered the opportunity re-take the test. The player’s performance on the post-injury test will be compared to their performance on the baseline and any differences in performance will be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider. The test data is useful in determining when return-to-activity is appropriate and safe for the athlete.
We are excited to implement this program because it provides us the best available information for managing concussions. Further information about the test and logistics of scheduling the testing will be forwarded to each player via the team managers. If there are any questions regarding the test, please do not hesitate to contact the lead Stanford athletic trainer on this project, Grace Whang, at email@example.com.
Dear BUSC Parents,
To the right, you will find the registration/consent form for your player to participate in the ImPACT baseline testing, with attached information sheet regarding the testing.
This consent form MUST be completed prior to the athlete taking his baseline test. Please have your child bring the signed consent form to her scheduled testing time.
We will be using an online program to schedule each player for a testing time. To schedule your player, please follow the link below:
All testing will take place at the Stanford Children’s Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center office located at: 5000 Pleasanton Ave., Ste. 200, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
If you sign up for a time and are unable to attend or have any additional questions, please contact Stanford Athletic Trainer Grace Whang, firstname.lastname@example.org.