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For the first time ever, Indian Lake student athletes are having their heads checked…literally.
With the help of athletic trainers from Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, this week members of the fall sports teams are taking what’s called the “Impact” test online. The test measures pattern and word-series recall abilities to garner a baseline brain result. If the athlete suffers a head injury on the field of play, his or her normal test is used as a comparison to help determine if the athlete has suffered a concussion.
Woody Goffinett is the full-time athletic trainer at Indian Lake Local Schools. He says, “They want to play…Now that we are starting to understand the long-term consequences of concussions after what’s happened in the NFL and college sports, we want to know can this kid really participate and play safely?”
The State of Ohio now has a concussion law for high school athletes that emphasizes baseline testing like the Impact program.
The Impact tests are being performed free of charge for Indian Lake athletes.