Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates And SunTrust Bank Offer Free Concussion Tests To Student-Athletes In Three Counties
Up to 5,000 middle school and high school student-athletes in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Cabarrus Counties now have free access to neurocognitive testing that will help them return to play safely after suffering a concussion. On August 1, 2008, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, through a financial contribution by SunTrust Bank, began offering free ImPACT baseline testing, the same used by the NFL and NHL, for students who participate in football, boys and girls soccer, wrestling and lacrosse.
“Proper management of a concussion is crucial to preventing additional injuries that can be debilitating and even deadly,” said David Wiercisiewski, MD, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and Director of the Carolina Sports Concussion Program. “We appreciate SunTrust Bank helping us seize this opportunity to educate young athletes and their parents about the dangers of concussions, and also complete testing that can help each athlete safely return to play as quickly as possible after recovering from a concussion injury.”
This test, taken at the start of a sports season, provides a true cognitive baseline measurement that can be used for comparative purposes should an athlete sustain a concussion injury. The ImPACT test has been in clinical use for almost a decade and several professional sports leagues including the NFL, MLB, and NHL, as well as numerous amateur organizations, use the test for their athletes. The actual baseline testing will be conducted at the athlete’s school, under the supervision of an athletic trainer.
“As members of the Greater Charlotte community, SunTrust is proud to support local student-athletes and their safety”, said Tom Hodges, Charlotte City President. “We are also proud to be involved with such a well-respected neurosurgery practice.”
To refer an athlete for evaluation or obtain additional information, call 704-831-HEAD (4323) or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.