Center Foundation Offers ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing for Teens

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The Center Foundation will be conducting ImPACT Concussion Baseline testing for children ages 11 through 17 years who have not already received the baseline through their high schools, on the following dates and times:

December 20 – 9am-noon

December 30 – 9am-noon

 

Baseline clinics are held at The Center, 2200 NE Neff Road in Bend. According to the CDC, concussions are second only to auto accidents as the leading cause of childhood injury.

It is estimated that 15-20 percent of high school athletes receive a concussion in any given year, and if an athlete returns to play before the brain is fully healed, the child is at risk of second impact concussion syndrome. The Center Foundation and The Center a Certified ImPACT Consultants, are pleased to offer this community service as a means of helping protect young brains. It is recommended that student athletes have a baseline every two years. ImPACT Baseline testing is a computerized “snapshot” of how a child’s healthy brain is functioning; the test takes about an hour.

The baselines are NOT MRIs or scans. Baselines are electronically stored for use in the event that child receives a concussion. Should the child receive a concussion, he or she will then be able to have the baseline compared to a post test conducted by a neuropsychologist at St. Charles Medical Center. Post concussion tests and assessment with the specially trained neuropsychologist will be handled through parent or guardian self-pay or insurance.

The cost of the baseline is $10. Registration for the baseline test is required by contacting Lauri Bonn at 541-322-2321.

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