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New Testing Helps Change the Game on Youth Concussions - featured May 26, 2011

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[Source: USA Today]

Shannon Parker got knocked in the head at soccer practice at Fairfax High School. She sat out for weeks until passing a comprehensive clinical evaluation that included a computer test showing she was back to normal brain function, same as if she played for the Washington Redskins.

Athletes at the 25 public high schools in Fairfax County, an affluent suburb of Washington, take baseline tests like the ones used by NFL players. The ImPACT tests are one tool doctors and athletic trainers can use to tell when it is safe to return to the field. That's crucial because a second concussion when not fully healed from a first one is dangerous.

But baseline tests are also important because they get students back to class more quickly, says Jon Almquist, administrator of the county's athletic training program. Without them, athletic trainers must err on the side of keeping students away from class longer.

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