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Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University, will be conducting ImPACT Testing at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention on Saturday, December 10 in Nashville, Tennessee. Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computerized evaluation that provides a baseline that can help determine when an athlete has recovered to pre-injury status. ImPACT Testing will enable riders who have suffered from concussions to return to competing more quickly as described in USEF Rule EV113. The ImPACT test costs $35 and time slots are limited so please email Jo@useventing.com if you would like to reserve a slot.
In January 2011, the USEF added the following rule to the Rules For Eventing:
In conjunction with GR1317, the following apply in the case of a fall/accident or other injury likely to cause concussion (as determined by qualified medical personnel):
a. No loss of consciousness and no sign of concussion - No mandatory suspension;
b. No loss of consciousness but with brief symptoms of concussion e.g. confusion, loss of memory, altered mental state (all symptoms of concussion must have resolved within 15 minutes both at rest and exercise) - minimum of 7 days mandatory suspension.The day of injury counts as the first day of suspension period.
c. Any loss of consciousness, however brief, or symptoms of concussion persisting after 15 minutes - minimum 21 days mandatory suspension. The day of injury counts as the first day of the suspension period.
d. Notwithstanding the above, riders who have established a baseline neurocognitive skills level through a Federation approved testing program e.g. IMPACT test may return to competition upon submission to the Federation of certification that they have passed an exam establishing that they have suffered no impairment of that level. In addition, they must submit clearance as required under GR1317.6.
e. All other riders may, at the expiration of the mandatory suspension period, return to competition by complying with the requirements of GR1317.5.