If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of the injury and when the injury has fully-healed, according to Patrick Abele, executive director of learning services for Beaufort County Schools.
ImPACT was recently previewed for school board members, school principals and the news media.
The test does not replace a medical diagnosis but is intended to help medical professionals with that diagnosis, Abele
said during the briefing.
"We want to be proactive and have an additional measure in place before a student athlete returns to play," he
"It's another tool that can be used."
ImPACT can be used by the schools to help student athletes avoid "second impact syndrome" by preventing them from returning to play before their brains heal, he