What Our Fund Provides
Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund, Inc. currently has two (2) protocols that we implement in School Systems. There is no cost to your school district other than the time it takes to accept and implement our donation of these protocols for your school(s).
ImPACT Testing – ImPACT Applications, Inc. is the maker of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion management tool available. This is the only FDA-Cleared concussion assessment aid for ages 5 – 59. ImPACT Applications is a name that is known and trusted when it comes to concussion management. Since 2006, over 10 million ImPACT tests have been administered to over 7.5 million individuals aged 12-59.
We provide both Baseline & Post-Injury ImPACT for all student athletes in grades 7 through 12. This includes both male and female athletes in all sports, including cheerleading. The baseline test is normally administered by the Athletic Trainer or School Nurse. The post-injury ImPACT test must be administered and analyzed by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries. The ImPACT Test is a computerized test that measures the following:
• Attention span
• Working memory
• Sustained and selective attention time
• Response variability
• Non-verbal problem solving
• Reaction time
The student athletes take the Baseline test prior to the 1st practice for their sport (only 1 baseline test every 2 years). All student athletes take the baseline test every 2 years, regardless of whether they have incurred a concussion. All student athletes who have sustained a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body are given a post-injury ImPACT test. The athlete is pulled from play/practice immediately and does not return to play until they have been evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries, and a written clearance (such as the “Concussion Evaluation and Release to Play Form for Licensed Health Care Providers”) has been completed. For more information about ImPACT Testing, please visit their website at (https://www.impacttest.com/).
Some of the school systems that we contacted already had some form of concussion baseline testing in place, so we only implemented our 2nd protocol (Concussion Goggles).
Please click the link below to see a short video of how Concussion Goggles are used to educate the youth in the schools that we serve (Kindergarten through 12th Grade).
The Fatal Vision® Concussion Goggle simulates the potentially debilitating effects of traumatic brain injuries caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. We use the Fatal Vision® Concussion Goggle to help people of all ages understand their susceptibility to head trauma and educate them on what steps to take if someone sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury. When the students wear the concussion goggles during the education process, the goggles cause them to experience the symptoms of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. For more information about the Concussion Goggles, please visit http://fatalvision.com/simulation-goggles/concussion-goggle.html.
The peg game is a simple method being used to teach our youth about concussions. Put on the Concussion Goggles and try this: Peg Game
Another Concussion Goggle activity that can be used to educate everyone about the symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury is the “Walk-The-Line” activity. Learn more about this at: Walk-The-Line
We provide the Concussion Goggles to school systems and they use these goggles to educate all of the students, teachers, coaches, nurses, and administrative staff about the symptoms of concussions and how to recognize a student that might possibly be concussed. These goggles are a part of the school curriculum for all students in Kindergarten through 12th grade (athletes and non-athletes).
Concussion Goggle Protocol Implementation Completed
Concussion Goggle Protocol Implementation (Planned)
Here are the milestones for Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund, Inc:
1. Muncie Community Schools (IN) – We have implemented ImPACT Testing in all schools for Student Athletes (male and female) in grades 5 – 12. This also includes Cheerleading. In addition, we have provided Concussion Goggles for all Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in this school system.
2. Delaware County Schools (IN) – Some of these schools had ImPACT Testing in place, so we implemented ImPACT Testing in the schools that did not have any testing. We provided Concussion Goggles to all of the Elementary, Middle and High Schools in 2015 for implementation during the 2015/2016 school year.
3. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) – These schools have ImPACT Testing in place and we have completed the initial distribution of Concussion Goggles to all Elementary, Middle and High Schools starting in April 2015 to be completed in the 2015/16 school year. We have provided 1 Concussion Goggle Kit to each school, but in order to effectively educate all of the students each year – it requires 4 kits/school. We plan on providing the additional kits in 2016. This is the largest school district in Indiana.
4. Marion County Schools (outside IPS) – We are working with these school districts now and plan on implementing our protocol in these schools during the 2015 – 2016 school year.
5. Greater Indianapolis Metropolitan School Districts (counties surrounding Marion County) – This implementation will cover the following counties in Indiana:
– Boone County
– Hamilton County
– Hancock County
– Hendricks County
– Johnson County
– Morgan County
– Shelby County
6. Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, IL) – We are working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to implement our protocol in that school system. CPS is the 3rd largest School System in the United States.
The following data details the breakdown of reported head injuries in the Muncie Community Schools (grades 5 through 12) from August 2012 through December 2015. Before a Concussion Protocol was in place in this school district – they reportedly had less than 20 concussions the prior year. During the first 18 months with the Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund, Inc. protocol in place (ImPACT Testing), this number increased from 20 to 141 reported head injuries. In the three years since we implemented ImPACT Testing in the Muncie Community Schools, there have been over 7,000 Baseline ImPACT tests and over 400 Post-injury ImPACT tests taken by these student athletes.
The following flowchart illustrates how we implement Concussion Goggles and ImPACT Testing in a School District. If there is not a School Board in a particular School District, we start with getting the Superintendent’s approval to implement our protocol in their school systems.