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Oxford High School Athletes Receive Concussion Baseline Testing

This week, The University of Mississippi Center for Health and Sports Performance will administer the ImPACT assessment—Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing—to Oxford High School athletes. The assessment is available to varsity football, soccer and basketball players and requires parental consent.

ImpACT is an objective tool to support trained healthcare providers in making sound decisions about returning to activity following concussions. It is a computerized test that measures memory, attention span, visual and verbal problem-solving.

ImPACT has two primary uses: before the onset of an activity, a baseline test is conducted to measure the athlete’s performance baseline. In the event of an injury, a post-injury test is administered and compared to the baseline and/or normative data scores.

Neurocognitive testing is the cornerstone of modern concussion management. ImPACT is the first and only FDA cleared aid in the assessment and management of concussions.

Early this football season, the Lafayette Commodores also addressed concussions in the contact sport by introducing cutting-edge NFL concussion technology to help get athletes safely get back into the game. The technology is the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi.


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