Jul 30, 2014 1:01 PM by Andy Koen
PUEBLO - Student athletes in Southern Colorado middle schools and high schools are part of a wide-reaching study examining the effects of concussions suffered while playing sports. Over the past two school years, around 5,000 students from schools in Pueblo and Fremont Counties have taken neurocognative tests prior to participating in their chose athletic activity.
Those test are kept on file in an online database that can give coaches, trainers and team doctors an immediate point of reference if appears to have student has suffered a concussion.
The study, lead by physician Dr. Rocky Kholsa and funded by St. Mary Corwin Hospital, tracked 152 concussions during the 12 month period between July of 2013 and June of 2012. Two-thirds of the injuries were suffered by boys while one third were suffered by girls.