FirstLight Implements ImPACT Concussion Program
The buzz word this year in high school, collegiate and professional sports is – CONCUSSION. In the United States alone, the annual incidence of sports-related concussion is estimated at 300,000. This condition can be very difficult to manage and treat; just look at the long recovery that Twins player Justin Morneau had this past year.
At the forefront of proper concussion management is the implementation of baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing. ImPACT – Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing – is a computerized evaluation system that is the most widely used and scientifically validated concussion testing program in the world. FirstLight has purchased this program and is working in conjunction with Mora High School to provide individualized management and treatment of concussions for varsity athletes. Dr. Joesph Lind and Jake Ellingson PT, ATC, CSCS, are leading FirstLight’s efforts to put this project in place.
For the 2011-2012 school year Mora athletes in grades 9-12 in the contact sports of football, wrestling and hockey will perform baseline testing. If a head injury occurs, the assessment will help objectively evaluate the athlete’s condition by comparing baseline data to post-injury results. The program will facilitate appropriate recovery methods and safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. Collaborative efforts between Mora High School and FirstLight Health System are in process to make this program successful. Future expansion to include testing of additional varsity athletes and outreach to other communities is a goal of the program.
FirstLight Health System is located at the junction of Highways 65 and 23 in Mora. The main telephone numbers are 320-679-1212 and 1-800-245-5671. More information about FirstLight Health System can be found at www.firstlighthealthsystem.org