With the goal of doing everything possible to protect our players from the potential of head injury, AJFL would like to inform you of the following resources:
Baseline Testing/Screening for each AJFL Player
Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Baseline testing generally takes place during the pre-season—ideally prior to the first practice. It is important to note that some baseline and concussion assessment tools are only suggested for use among athletes ages 10 years and older.
•Contact The Micheli Center at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Sports Concussion Clinic to provide your child with what’s known as ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). The testing is offered for $25 by calling 781-373-2760. (www.The MicheliCenter.com)