Area high schools working to identify concussions early

HOISINGTON, Kansas – Seth is a senior at Hoisington High School where he’s played football for years.

He’s trying out the impact test on the computer. It is a new way to help coaches determine if their players could be suffering from a concussion.

“I like it a lot because it makes it safer for us, and if some kid thinks they have a concussion and they don’t, it’ll be easily tested, and they can get on the field faster,” said Seth Owen, Hoisington Senior.

Each athlete takes the online test before they start practicing. It has about six parts and takes about 25 minutes to complete, and if they might have a concussion, they come back and retake the test, and the computer will determine if those tests match up.

“With the heightened awareness lately with head injuries, we just want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can in our power to look out for the safety of our kids and our players,” said Joel Mason, Hoisington Athletic Director.

The impact program helps to guide sideline staff many who don’t have medical training.

“It’s gonna give us a more informed idea of what we’re dealing with, if it’s a questionable situation, so it takes the guess-work out of the coaches who are not trained medical staff,” added Mason.

Hoisington High does have a doctor on the sidelines at all games, but many feel the extra line of defense is reassuring.

“I really do because you go to the doctors, and they just try to look at you and figure this out this test actually uses your brain to see if it’s messed up or not,” said Owen.

Hoisington has already had all of its athletes take the baseline test and will retest them every two years to keep accurate scores.


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