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Baseline concussion tests can help better treat injured athletes

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ELDRIDGE, Iowa - Concussions are not always easy to detect or treat and that's why North Scott High School teamed up with Genesis to help treat them better.

For North Scott athlete Triston Richardson, it's something he knows all too well, getting a concussion.

"I've had one in wrestling and two in football and then one just outside of both," said Senior Triston Richardson.

The brain injury can be hard to treat especially because you can't see it.

"There are a multitude of symptoms and they all kind of blend together," said Physical Therapist Karen Steidler.

North Scott High School teamed up with Genesis to try and change that with a series of tests.

"Test their balance, their vision, their short term recall and their memory and long-term recall," said Steilder.

The tests are done when the athlete is healthy.

"To get a better accurate testing for our student athletes and kinda a better protocol for return to play," said Activities Director Jason Schroeder.

When something does happen during a sport they can run the athlete through these tests again and compare the results and know how to treat the student.

"Then we know there's something more serious going on, they start physical therapy, they start speech therapy and then we can help regain the ability for their brain to function," said Steilder.