The 2023-2024 Pali Lacrosse Board is happy to announce that, in partnership with the Cedars Sinai Kerlan Jobe Institute, we will offer Baseline Concussion Testing for all our lacrosse players this season. While the concussion rate for lacrosse players is low, some players have gotten concussions over the past few years and we want to be sure our players have the best practice protocol in place.
All of our student-athletes playing lacrosse in our program this season will be emailed a link to take the ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test from home free of charge. Baseline Concussion testing is done every year as young brains at this age are developing and changing, so the results need to be kept up to date every year.
Please see below for information from Cedars Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute about concussions, the current baseline testing they are providing and why this is an important step for our athletes. If you or someone you know suspects they have a concussion, please immediately consult a physician for accurate diagnosis and care.
We are very grateful to Cedars Kerlan-Jobe Institute for their partnership and support!
WHAT IS CONCUSSION TESTING:
Concussion testing provides a baseline for motor skills and cognitive skills. Those skills are again assessed after a concussive event to determine when the brain is completely healed and it is safe for a player to return to class and the field (which are not necessarily simultaneous).
WHEN PALI LACROSSE TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE:
The Cedars Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute will be sending out a link to parents for players to take an in-home baseline concussion test at the beginning of February. The test takes approximately 40 min and will need to be done with a computer or laptop with a mouse, in a quiet area away from distractions.