PASCO, Wash -- Kadlec Regional Center is teaming up with five high schools in the Tri-Cities and Northwest Orthopaedic to help student athletes manage concussions.
Dr. Richard Jacobs, a sports medicine physician at Northwest Orthopaedic in Richland says, "coaches, athletic directors, physicians, trainers, we have to recognize the symptom of concussion and if we have any suspicion that an athlete has had a head injury, i.e. a concussion then they must be removed from play that day, that is the state law."
Jacobs brings a new cognitive, on-line test for athletes that will help them establish a baseline, meaning compare their responses, memory and reflexes before and after injuries. "That's why the beginning of the school year or the beginning of their sports season, we have them take the baseline test. And it will show what their reaction time is, their identification skills, memory and that type of test. And if they ever do get injured, we have them re-take the test and we can see whether they are ready to return or not," says Jacobs.
Coach Steve Graff Head at Chiawana High School says he's glad to see the 20 minute online test, "I mean football is a contact sport, you're going to get hurt playing football. You're going to get bumps and bruises, that's part of the game," says Graff.
The test is currently being paid for by Kadlec Regional Medical Center and is being administered at five different high schools in the Tri-Cities, including : Chiawana, Pasco, Richland, Handford and Tri-Cities Prep.
Dr. Jacobs says, recreational athletes can also take the baseline test, but it's going to cost you about $7.50. If you're interested, click here.