Friday, August 1, 2014

Before School Starts TO DO LIST # 3 Baseline Testing

September will be here before we know it, so I wanted to put together a summer “To Do List” blog series for parents and students to help get everyone ready for school, come September 4.   I hope you enjoy the series.  


#3 Baseline Testing 

For the fifth consecutive year, Waldwick HS will be providing all athletes with the Impact Baseline Test. This is a preventative measure that will help reduce prolonged brain injury. Impact provides a computerized neurocognitive assessment that measures levels such as reaction time and memory.  When a head injury occurs, the baseline score will be compared to a post test that the athlete will have to take.  A doctor will not allow an athlete back on the playing field until the post test score is at an acceptable level when compared to the athlete’s baseline test.  Additional information on Impact Testing can be found on the website www.impacttest.com.

The baseline test will be administered by the Athletic Trainer beginning August 11. Because the Impact Test is good for two years, we have established a two year cycle of testing.  This year we will be testing all incoming freshman, juniors, and new athletes.  

This is an online test that takes about twenty five minutes to complete.   In the event that an athlete suffers a head injury, the parents are required to take their son/daughter to a physician that offers the post test.  The school will only be providing the baseline test for each athlete in the high school. 

Below is the schedule in which the athletes are asked to come to the Media Center and take the test.   Winter and Spring athletes will be tested prior to the start of that season.   

8/11
Football: 7:30am
Boys Soccer:  8:30am
Girls Soccer:  11am

8/12
Volleyball: 7:30am
Cheer: 8:30am
Girls Tennis: 11am
X-Country: 1pm

Any questions related to Baseline testing please reach out to Michael Mayer (Athletic Director) or Jeff Basilicato (Athletic Trainer).  

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