Cognitive testing gaining popularity in concussion management

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The number of Massachusetts high schools testing athletes’ brain function with ImPACT has nearly doubled in two years. And more may sign up for similar tests if a Taunton lawmaker has his way.

State Senator Marc Pacheco plans to file a bill, at the behest of concussion-sufferer Molly Caron of Raynham, requiring baseline cognitive testing for all student athletes. “It’s a common-sense piece of legislation she is asking us to pass,” the Democrat said.

Everett High is one of the latest schools to sign up with ImPACT, though other companies also offer testing. The computer-ized test provides a measurement of brain function for comparison after a concussion, helping to determine when an injured player is ready to return to action.

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