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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus ice hockey team received baseline concussion tests on Saturday, September 21, through HEADS UP Pittsburgh—a partnership between CCAC, UPMC Sports Medicine and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation that provides neurocognitive baseline testing to youth athletes in western Pennsylvania.
In its first year of mandatory testing for North Campus hockey players, CCAC utilized UPMC’s Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) tool to establish a benchmark for each athlete in a non-concussed state. Concussion experts use the test in a clinical evaluation of the athlete if a concussion occurs.
“We wanted to have a baseline test for our athletes in case one of them is concussed over the course of the season and needs to be evaluated,” said Chuck Bell, athletic director, CCAC North Campus. “We want the hockey team and CCAC to be among the parties, like UPMC and the Penguins, that lead proactively on the concussion front so we can protect our young athletes now and in the future.”
Since HEADS UP Pittsburgh began in May 2011, the four CCAC locations participating as testing sites have hosted nearly 60 percent of the athletes completing baseline evaluations. To learn more about HEADS UP Pittsburgh and baseline tests administered by UPMC, visit the HEADS UP Pittsburgh website.
Photo: Members of the CCAC North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team participate in baseline concussion testing as part of HEADS UP Pittsburgh, a collaboration between CCAC, UPMC Sports Medicine and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.