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'Impact' test latest in concussion care

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A computer test is the latest in protecting athletes from the dangers of concussions. 

Kelly High School is taking precautions to try to protect it's football players from brain injuries with the 'Impact' test. 

It's big hits on the field that gave #12 Will Darling two concussions last football season. The last one came during the game against Fort Worth Nolan in the State Championship. 

"I started to vomit and that was something I never expected. I could tell right away it wasn't a normal hit," Darling said. 

Darling says he was hit at least four times before knowing he suffered the brain injury. Tuesday, the quarterback was exempt from the 'Impact' test because he had already taken it. 

Kelly football players were given the test this year by the Memorial Hermann Iron Man Sports Medicine Concussion Program. 

"I think there's an assumption that if you're feeling better, you've recovered," Summer Ott, Psyd said. 

Dr. Ott says the test is a guideline to discover a players normal brain activity before an injury. Players are tested on reaction time, working memory, concentration, and how they process information. 

The test helps trainers decide if players can return to play and avoid worse injuries. 

"Second Impact Syndrome which can lead to neurological problems or even death," Dr. Ott said. 

Dr. Ott says that football is the leading sport in concussions. Soccer is next followed by basketball and Hockey. Next year, all sports at Kelly High will be required to take the 'Impact' test. 

 

 

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