Baseline Testing for Winter Season Starts Monday

Sam Chambers
In preparation for the winter season, the athletic training staff, along with help from the Methodist Concussion Center, will be ImPACT baseline testing all upper school basketball, soccer and wrestling athletes Monday 10/17 through Friday 10/21.  Students will need to come by the athletic training room to sign up for a day that best fits their schedule.
Students who participated in SJS football this Fall do not need to re-test, as we already have a baseline on record.

St. John’s School is implementing an innovative program for our student-athletes regarding concussion management. This program will assist our sports medicine staff in evaluating and treating head injuries. In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, we have partnered with Methodist Concussion Center to utilize a tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during participation, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the athlete is safe to return to play.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test. We will be baseline testing all of our SJS basketball, soccer and wrestling athletes beginning next week in preparation for the Winter season. Each athlete in these programs will be required to have a baseline test on file. The baseline testing will take place in our Upper School computer lab under the direction of the SJS and MCC athletic trainers. There will be a $5 charge on the student’s account for the baseline testing.
If a concussion is suspected during athletic participation, the athlete will referred to the Concussion Center to re-take the test. Both the preseason baseline and post-injury test data is reviewed by the Concussion Center doctors and/or neuro-psychologist to help evaluate the injury. The test data will enable these health professionals to determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete. If an injury of this nature occurs to your child, you will be promptly contacted with all the details.
I wish to stress that the ImPACT testing procedures are non-invasive, and they pose no risks to your student-athlete. We are excited to implement this program given that it provides us the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. The St. John’s School athletic training, coaching, and administration staffs are striving to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of the student athletic experience.
Please print and return the attached Consent (1) and Baseline Worksheet (2) pages with the appropriate signatures with your child in preparation for the baseline testing. Please complete all requested information on the Baseline Worksheet that you are comfortable including. Please note, however, that the neuro-cognitive assessment is most accurate with complete background information. These sheets will only be seen by the athletic trainers administering the test, and all demographic and background information sheets will be shredded upon entry into the computerized testing record.
More information on ImPACT please click here.  If you have any further questions regarding this program please feel free to contact me at 713-850-4190 or

Melissa Russell, ATC/LAT
Head Athletic Trainer
St. John’s School