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Schools don’t use imPACT concussion test uniformly

Incoming Evanston freshmen who want to try out for the football team are required to take the imPACT test to provide a baseline score in case of future head injuries. | Matt Harness/Sun-Times Media

A majority of area schools use imPACT as their diagnostic concussion test of choice.

That doesn’t mean all of them employ the computer program — a cognitive quiz that tests the user’s memory and reaction time, among other things — in the same way. There even is one local public school that doesn’t use imPACT, which stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.

An athlete’s initial test provides a baseline score so there is a foundation for comparison when the athlete experiences concussion symptoms.

Evanston requires of all its athletes to take the imPACT test before they can try out for a sport.

“We want to maximize our ability to keep our kids safe,” said Chris Livatino, Evanston’s athletic director. “They key is to make sure they don’t get a second concussion before the first one is healed.”

[Read the full story on High School Cube News]

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