MENOMONIE, Wis. — A program for concussion baseline testing recently received a grant for over $10,000. Now in its tenth year, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar will offer free ImPACT baseline concussion testing sessions to student-athletes in the area. The grant also will provide funds for online training for providers and rehabilitation staff.
Since 2008, Mayo Clinic Health System has provided ImPACT testing to middle and high schools in Boyceville, Colfax, Elmwood, Glenwood, Menomonie and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. ImPACT is a sports concussion management program that helps assist medical professionals to accurately detect and treat concussions in student–athletes. Athletes participate in baseline testing prior to the start of their sports season, which assesses key functions affected by a concussion. If an athlete experiences a suspected concussion during the season, the student retests, and the provider compares post-concussion data with baseline data to determine post-concussion neurocognitive status and a safe return-to-activity plan.
A concussion is a serious injury to the brain and must be treated properly. A baseline screening is a 20- to 30-minute computerized test measuring brain processing, speed, memory and visual motor skills. Trained ImPACT providers use baseline data, compared to post-injury data in conjunction with a clinical exam, to determine an optimal treatment plan.
In 2016, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar performed 685 baseline tests and 101 post-injury tests after a suspected concussion for student-athletes.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of Mayo-owned clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactKristin Everett