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Concussion Testing Underway Before School Starts

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School hasn't started yet, but the testing has for some kids.  Many student-athletes are getting a baseline brain test that will help doctors respond after a concussion.

Concussions can happen during any sport or physical activity and as children and athletes of all ages are playing longer and harder than ever before, the potential for a concussion, continues to increase.

Sanford Health Athletic Trainer Bradley Reed says diagnosing and managing concussions can be tricky. That's why he says early testing is so beneficial.

Concussion testing assesses your brain and thinking function before and after a trauma. It's just one of the tools doctors use to evaluate and manage an athlete's condition. It not only helps doctors know if a concussion has happened, but it helps doctors know how to treat individual cases.

Bradley Reed/Sanford Health Athletic Trainer: "A lot of students are doing the testing before they even hit the field. They get a baseline test every two years, so when the athlete becomes concussed -- we have something to compare it to."

The impact test takes about 35 to 40 minutes to do. Trainers say it takes a lot of focus, so sometimes athletes leave the testing process with a headache, but they say it's an invaluable tool.


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