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Free Baseline Testing for Young Athletes
DAYTON -- Concussions can be hard to determine, but with a certain test doctors are able to figure it out pretty quickly.
It's called baseline testing and now Dayton Children's Hospital is offering it for free.
"Anybody I talk to that has not had the test, I recommend it," parent Bret Ritter said.
Ritter is a proud soccer dad and coach, and knew concussions can be a dangerous part of playing the sport.
"Unfortunately, it happens more than people realize because they haven't taken the baseline testing," said Ritter.
"It just checks memory, reaction time and a few other aspects of how the brain is functioning," said Lora Scott Medical Director of Sports Medicine at Dayton Children's Hospital.
With the click of a mouse and a few basic questions, doctors can easily find out if your child is suffering from a concussion.
"We want to know if they're really back to normal before we stress them and possibly make the injury worse again," said Scott.
Dayton Children's offers the testing for free to athletes as young as 7 year old.
"We don't truly know the magic number of concussions or magic severity of concussions that will lead to permanent damage," said Scott.
"It's simply a snapshot of how well that athlete is doing," said Robin Lensch, Athletic Trainer for Kettering Health Network.
For the past 10 years, Kettering Health Network, has offered baseline testing for athletes. That starts as young at 11 years old.
But both tests look for the same problems and symptoms of a concussion.
"We want to make sure they have an idea of where they are in the healing, before we send them back to that environment," said Lensch.
No matter what test your child takes or where you decide to take them, their health is on everyone's mind.
"You get a lot of concussions or some severe concussions you have a higher risk of permanent damage. There's no magic number but we want to make it as few as possible and to treat those correctly if they happen," said Scott.
Kettering Health Network provides the testing to all of its schools' athletes.
If your child doesn't go to one of those schools, you can have the test done for just $10.
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