With the rising number of student athletes sustaining concussions, a local program works to make sure these students are ready to get back on the playing field.
Genesis Rehabilitation Services is offering a concussion management program where students go through impact testing. Athletes perform a variety of mental and physical activities to determine their baseline.
"In the first phases, they have to be completely asymptomatic, after that we put them through a stationary aerobic phase where they have to ride a bike, run on a treadmill or the elliptical for 10 minutes a piece without any symptoms,"said Physical Therapist, Jenna Scholl-Roehrig.
After successfully completing the first two phases the students will perform a sport specific test and then attempt the last phase where they must complete cognitive and physical tasks at the same time. Scholl says that the testing is a concrete way to know that the athletes are safe and ready for competition.
"More of the patients parents love it because that kind of gives them an extra like I said objective piece to it. The parents that think they are ready to go back when they are not, that kind of helps or the ones that are really scared and don’t think their kid should go back. We can say no you’re back to baseline. "
The testing is free and doctor approved. Currently impact testing is administered at five high schools including Zanesville, Rosecrans and West Muskingum. For more information you can call Genesis Center for Occupational and Outpatient Rehabilitation at 740 -455 5151.