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Wed July 18, 2012
MAPS to offer concussion test for athletes
(MARQUETTE)- Athletes at Marquette Area Public Schools will have to pass a unique exam in order to play.
It's called a baseline test, a memory and response exam already used in hundreds of schools across the nation since 2009 to detect and prevent concussions.
According to WLUC-TV, the screening takes about 45 minutes to complete online.
It tests the student's cognitive skills after a concussion.
Officials say it helps track the recovery process and gets the athlete back on the field faster.
And it could help avoid the estimated 12 concussions per year at the school.
Once concussed, an athlete must pass the baseline test and be cleared by a doctor.
MAPS officials say there's little room to cheat with the baseline test.
If an athlete hasn't fully recovered, he or she will have a hard time passing it.
And it could take days, if not weeks, before getting back in the game.