As concussion injuries among professional athletes have gained national attention, the state of Kentucky and its school systems have turned their attention to protecting student athletes. Glasgow Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT) is offering a baseline concussion testing program that gives athletes a base measurement to test their recovery after an injury.
KORT has a partnership with the Barren County school system, but the baseline concussion testing is available to any student or adult who considers themselves at risk for a concussion.
The test KORT is certified to administer is a nationally-recognized program called ImPACT, Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. The ImPACT test studies neurocognitive abiltieis, memorization, recognition, recall and problem solving, said Glasgow KORT Director Dwayne Miller, who is a doctor of physical therapy and a certified athletic trainer. It provides the baseline for doctors to study when an athlete is hurt, to determine when the athlete has returned to his or her normal mental and physical state and can safely return to sport.
KORT, which has close to 40 clinics throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, decided to be “proactive,” Miller said, when it became clear that concussion legislation was beginning to develop across the nation. The company began offering baseline concussion testing about two years ago, so when Gov. Steve Beshear signed a concussion amendment to House Bill 281 in April to regulate the testing and treatment of concussions among student athletes, KORT was already ahead of the game.
For the full story, read Friday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.