Ministry Point Sports Medicine reaches junior high students for concussion testing
(Stevens Point, WI) – It’s the right thing to do. That’s what PJ Jacobs Principal, Dan Dobratz thinks of concussion base-line testing for local athletes.
After much persistence, Traci Smet, ATC with Ministry Sports Medicine has secured an opportunity courtesy of Dicks Sporting Goods PACE program allowing Ministry Sports Medicine to offer ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to two Stevens Point junior high schools.
ImPACT is a 20 minute test used to measure aspects of brain function sensitive to concussion and is currently provided to area high school athletes at SPASH, Pacelli, Almond, Tri-County, Rosholt, and Amherst through funding from Saint Michael’s Foundation with special consult services to Iola.
“I just kept applying until we were chosen out of 3,335 others to receive a free year of ImPACT testing,” shared Smet. “I was thinking this would be great for PJ Jacobs and Ben Franklin.”
Smet met with PJ Jacobs Principal Dan Dobratz and Ben Franklin staff in February to discuss details including protocols and scheduling. Both schools are planning to begin testing in the fall.
According to the Sports Concussion Institute, 10% of high school athletes suffer a concussion each season. Concussion rates have nearly doubled in the last decade and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the millions of sports-related concussions that happen each year an epidemic.
With the support of Saint Michael’s Foundation, testing is offered free to an estimated 500 new local high school and junior high school aged athletes each year.
Dr. Dan Kraeger, Director Ministry Sports Medicine is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant and shares that since 2009, over 220 student athletes sought out post injury tests and follow-up care with Ministry Sports Medicine for concussion related injuries.
To date Ministry Sports Medicine has completed 1,639 baseline ImPACT tests.
For more information, call Ministry Sports Medicine at 715.342.7800.
Traci Smet, ATC, Ministry Sports Medicine and PJ Jacobs staff (from left to right) Assistant Principal and Head Football Coach Rob Greenwood, Principal Dan Dobratz, and Athletic Director Randy Shirek discuss the merits of concussion testing.