POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:46pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — Tyler Independent School District and area private schools adopted a widely used concussion program.
ImPact is used in thousands of high schools and colleges across the state.
Even in professional sports.
With this concussion program, they now give all student athletes even the cheerleaders a baseline test, that measure's a player's neurocognitive abilities before the season starts.
Then if they suffer a head injury they give the students the same test.
This will determine if they have a concussion or not.
Debbie Kober's daughter suffered a concussion after being thrown off a horse.
But at the time, they did not know.
"We really didn't know what they were we thought she was just having off days," said Kober.
Kober's daughter only was sleeping one to two hours a night.
She couldn't remember her friends, her way around school and lost her senses.
"Things weren't just getting any better and she was in the fetal position on the couch crying I am the smart one that rides horses and I'm not smart anymore,'' said Kober.
This is when they knew something was wrong.
They found out her daughter was suffering from post concussion syndrome.
Now, three years later her daughter's grades are back up she is playing D1 sports, but she still lost her sense of taste and smell.
"Had we known to shut her down and just let her check out until she healed, who knows all of that could have come back or maybe she would have never lost it in the first place."
Kober asked her company Wells Fargo to fund the impact concussion program, so other students do not have to risk the symptoms her daughter went through.
"Just take some of the uncertainty out to where it would be great if we could avoid concussions altogether but it's sure nice to have some information to make informed decisions," said Wells Fargo Complex Manager Greg Strnadel.
With the ImPact program, they hope they can pinpoint the head injury before it gets worse.
Now, about 6,000 athletes in all sports will take the baseline and then if they get hurt, the post injury test.
The athletic directors at all the schools are excited to implement the new program.
"I think we're taking a step in Tyler to implement this program and give our kids one more avenue to find out exactly how severe it is and what treatments are so we don't rush anybody back out there and cause long-term damage," said TISD Athletics Director Rod Kaspar.