Nurse’s Notes

heads upAs many of you are aware, there has been an increased concern regarding the significance of head injury and concussion in athletes.  OLMC has a very active athletic program and many of our older children choose to participate in after school sports.  For the past 4 years, we have provided concussion education to our 8th grade students.  This year we will include 7th grade students, as well,  as part of PE class.  The curriculum is based on the “Heads Up!” program established by the Centers for Disease Control.  In addition, all students participating in OLMC sponsored sports will have a brief concussion screening test administered at school in the next week.  The King-Devick Test (K-D Test) is a standardized, objective test that can be used to establish a baseline measurement of normal cognitive function.  Should an athlete sustain a head injury, the test is then re-administered and differences from baseline function can be detected, allowing more individualized care.  The King-Devick Test program was purchased at the end of last school year through grant funds for health and wellness.  If you would like more information on concussion, check out the CDC website, www.cdc.gov/CocussionInYouthSports, or “Brainbook” which provides an interactive format especially appealing to student athletes.  If your child plays sports outside of OLMC and you would like a baseline King-Devick Test, simply call the Nurse’s Office.

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