Memorial Sports Medicine Institute offering free child cognitive development study

The sports medicine physicians at Memorial Sports Medicine Institute, Drs. Lavallee and Mansfield and their team of local certified athletic trainers have teamed up with Axon Sports to offer a free online child cognitive development study for children ages 5 to 18.

Axon Sports, based in Wausau, Wis., provides an online cognitive assessment tool to help parents, schools, medical providers, and coaches better handle concussions in athletes.

Injuries to the brain, such as concussions, can cause headaches, nausea and fainting, and reduce an athlete’s ability to think quickly and accurately. These changes may mean that the brain has not recovered from an injury, and can indicate that the athlete is not ready to return to play. Being able to tell the difference between normal changes in a developing brain, like that of a child, and changes that have happened due to a concussion is important in helping to manage these issues in children.

This research is being conducted to characterize the normal changes in cognitive function occurring between the ages of 5 and 18 years in order to develop percentile charts (similar to weight and height charts for kids). These types of charts are helpful in distinguishing between normal changes in thinking, from changes that happen when a brain injury occurs.

Eligible participants spend 8 to 10 minutes a month on a home computer, for a total of 12 months. At the end of the study, results will be available as a comparison for future Axon Sports assessments if desired.

For more information, or to register, please call Sarah Redman, ATC, at 574-217-1548.

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Contact:

Maggie Scroope
(574) 647-3234
mscroope@memorialsb.org

Edgar Diaz
(574) 647-3273
ediaz2@memorialsb.org