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Friday, May 4, 2012

Wicomico Schools Monitor Head Trauma in Athletes

SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County Public Schools are monitoring student athletes' safety using the same system employed by professional athletic teams. The athletic department started using ImPACT, a computerized concussion evaluation system, this school year.
So far, the football, soccer, wrestling, basketball and lacrosse teams have been evaluated. Athletic trainers evaluate student athletes before the season. If a student suffers a concussion, the trainer can use before and after data to determine when or if they can return to play.
"It can be difficult, but it's our job to make sure that they're safe, and that's why there's an athletic trainer there," Laura Marinaro, an athletic trainer at James M. Bennett High School, said. "It's not the coach making the decision or the athlete, because their vision is a little skewed as far as what's important."
Athletic department supervisor Bryan Ashby says they plan to have every student athlete and team evaluated using ImPACT within the next two years.

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