GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Establishing a baseline for brain function is helpful in determining the presence and severity of a concussion. Baseline screening test results are numbers you hope you never need to use, but the reality showed that 1 in 10 Minnesota youth athletes suffered a concussion in 2011.
More than 500 people attended a free screening event at KARE 11 this past Saturday. Nearly 225 youth between the ages of 10-18 were screened using the ImPACT testing software, administered by North Memorial. In addition to the screenings, parents and care givers received information on concussions and were able to have their questions answered by experts in the field of sports related concussions from North Memorial and the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.
Plans are underway for additional screenings in February and March. Details will be available in the coming days.
The screenings were sponsored by Health Fair 11, a partnership of KARE 11, UCare and North Memorial Medical Center. Health Fair 11 is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free or low-cost screenings and health education to members of the community.
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