NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Jospeh Perazzini is a sophomore at Montgomery Bell Academy. On, Wednesday he was at the Howell Allen Clinic in Nashville taking what is called an ImPACT test.
The test evaluates his cognitive skills as he recovers from a concussion.
“I just didn’t know what was going on at first. I thought I was fine, and then I went to the doctor the next day and I was very sick,” said Perazzini.
The sophomore was hit in the head with a baseball during practice. The ImPACT test, taken over the internet, will give doctors a clear indication on when he can return to the game.
“The concussion test, or the ImPACT test, tests the brain concentration and lets us know when the athlete is fully recovered,” said Dr. Jason Hubbard.
Professional and college athletes have had access to that type of testing for years, but now high school students can utilize it.
The Howell Allen Clinic offers ImPACT testing free of charge as a community service to any local high school that wants to use it.
The good news is it’s free—but the school or organization must make the request, and parents must request their school to do so.
“Hopefully with the knowledge that this exists, hopefully parents will get other schools involved,” said Dr. Hubbard.
“Right now we encourage the parents to go to the school and request base line testing. It’s free of charge,” he continued.
Perazzini told News 2 he took the entire season off from baseball and he can’t wait to get back to the game.
“We’ll I still wish I could play, but I am kind of glad at lest my head is going to get recover before I go back and risk getting even more hurt,” said Perazzini.
Doctors told Parazzini he can safely return to playing baseball next season.
For more information on how to make ImPACT testing available for students at your child’s school, visit Howell Allen’s website.