|Published:||Aug 23, 2013 3:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 23, 2013 4:10 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Administrators at Cape Coral High School have become the first in Lee county to implement the same baseline concussion test used by NCAA & NFL athletes.
First-year athletic director, Katie Plageman, has mandated the computerized test for all student-athletes that want to play.
The department was able to afford the baseline test through grant funding and has been administering it since the beginning of the school year, to date over 300 students have completed it with more participating every day.
The Baseline Concussion - Return to Play program if a mental test filled with brain busters and memory scramblers that tests each students functionality and cognitive response.
A recent study revealed High school athletes sustain an estimated 136,000 to 300,000 concussions per year.
Another 2011 study showed for all athletes, concussion rates in high school athletics have increased by 16% annually from the 1997-1998 to 2007-2008 academic years.
Students that participate will have access to the results for a 10 year period, whether they are injured playing a sport, automobile accident or anything else.