Saint Michael’s Foundation

How soon is too soon to return to play after a concussion?

According to the Journal of Athletic Training, “An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24 years.”


Concussions are very common in high school athletics and many times the criteria to return athletes to the game are not objective enough. The long-term consequences of returning to play too soon and sustaining additional damage to the brain can be life-long and very debilitating.  ImPACT testing can be done ahead of time to provide a baseline of cognitive function to be used as a comparison reference after an injury to determine if the brain is still impaired.

“In light of all the recent discussion regarding concussions in the NFL and elsewhere, we are excited about being able to offer ImPACT in addition to our other on-the-field services we provide to local athletes,” stated Dr. Dan Kraeger, sports medicine specialist for Ministry Health Care’s Point Sport Medicine Center. “We believe in the importance of obtaining this information and hope that schools agree to provide this testing for all athletes involved in contact sports.”

ImPACT, is a computer test that is backed by research and is used as a preventative measure in obtaining baseline cognitive (thought process) data to be referenced after an athlete sustains a head injury. It is estimated that approximately 1,450 local high school and junior high school aged athletes would reap the positive health benefits from ImPACT provided by Ministry’s Point Sports Medicine Center if they all participated.

Saint Michael’s Foundation is proud to support the Impact Concussion Testing program. We ask you to join us in supporting the program with a tax-deductible gift.


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After all, you only get one brain!

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