I believe we’ve talked about this before. I’d like to address it again, because I can’t remember what people thought of it. I received an email this morning from another baseball mom. Her son suffered traumatic brain injury due to a concussion during hockey, 7 weeks ago. He has yet to return to any activities, or school for that matter. He has dealt with severe headaches, memory issues, balance problems, personality changes and has even lost his ability to problem solve.
The only progress that can be monitor though, is the progress that he has made since the accident. You see, his parents were not familiar with a Baseline Concussion Test. Knowing what I know, I stress to everyone I know, as soon as your child is 10 years old, have them get tested. Yes, this will not prevent the injury, but it does help in the unfortunate event of a concussion. My son, will be getting this done. Concussions can happen at any time, playing any sport.
Had these parents had the baseline test done, they would know where he stand in HIS progress, and not the “national average” of kids his age.
ImPACT has partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods, to offer free testing for one year. However, they only offer during football season. If you have one near, I urge you to take your kids in. Or speak to your local hospital, or school. Even if they aren’t in sports. Concussions can happen in any situation. Falling out of tree, off a bike, etc. Here’s the link.