Raider's Embrace ImPACT Testing (Ajax Pickering AAA Hockey Inc.)

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Ajax-Pickering Raiders Embrace ImPACT Testing

Written by Dr. Adam Blair/ Jun 20, 2012/ Posted in: Blog

Concussions are something that hit close to home with me, having suffered from the condition numerous times. Most of these occurrences were as a result of playing hockey. Knowing first hand some of the associated side effects make me all the more pleased to report that the Ajax-Pickering Raiders have decided to provide players and their families with the opportunity to participate in baseline testing prior to the upcoming season. The organization has graciously offered to cover the cost of the initial test. Collection of baseline data allows us to test injured athletes post-injury and compare results in order to identify some of the more ‘invisible’ consequences of a concussion. The test itself is a 20 minute exercise performed on a computer, and measures such markers as reaction time, verbal and visual memory.

The utilization of this tool, which is quickly becoming the gold standard in concussion diagnosis and management allows us the best chance to ensure that no athlete returns to play without having sufficiently healed. The notion of player safety is what attracted the organization to the testing in the first place. And although baseline testing is not mandatory at this point, it is logical in that it is free, and that it conducted with the players’ best interests in mind. Testing will occur in August prior to the teams hitting the ice and should be redone before each subsequent season.

Post-injury tests must be taken within a certified clinic. In our clinic, we also offer the inclusion of a computerized neural stress scan to paint a more complete picture of the injury and to identify where chiropractic care can aid in the recovery process.
The fact that the organization has stepped up and volunteered to provide this service to its players is admirable. They should serve as an example to other local organizations as concussions are in no way limited to hockey players. We see concussed soccer, football, rugby and baseball players in addition to those injured in ways unrelated to sport.
The provincial government has recently introduced legislation aimed at protecting students who have suffered concussions either in the classroom or on the playing field (info here). The ImPACT test can be utilized in the same way for student athletes.

The availability of this test to the general public is an exciting step in ensuring the safety of our young athletes. However, the excitement doesn’t stop there as I will also be hosting an informative session for Raiders’ trainers, coaches, players and parents in the upcoming months. This session will focus on increasing knowledge concussions from identification and diagnosis, to management and recovery protocol, to safe return to play guidelines. Once dates have been firmed, they will be posted here and sent out to each coach.

In the meantime, if anyone has any questions regarding concussions, sports injuries, or how chiropractic care can help them, do not hesitate to email me at [email protected]

Dr. Adam Blair

Dr. Adam Blair is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic serving Ajax-Pickering and the surrounding areas. Since graduation in July 2010, Dr. Blair has been practicing in Pickering at Fletcher Chiropractic. Already, he has experience caring for children, parents, grandparents, and athletes from a wide variety of sports. Adam was A/P Raiders when he was playing youth hockey and was a member of the first Raider’s Novice team over twenty years ago.

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