Posted: 2:27 pm Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Doctor: Concussion baseline testing going well in Palm Beach County 

By Matt Porter

Dr. Evan Peck, the sports physician supervising baseline testing for concussions in Palm Beach County, says he’s pleased with the pilot program so far.

Peck, of the Cleveland Clinic in West Palm Beach, says nearly 600 football players have received a baseline test since the program began a month ago.

The test, which the Cleveland Clinic offers free of charge to football players at all Palm Beach County schools, public and private, determines a player’s non-concussive brain activity. Results are used for comparison in the event the player shows concussion symptoms.

Read more about the tests in this story by the Post‘s Hal Habib.

Up to 75 percent of players have been tested at some schools, Peck said, while just a handful of players have received the test at others, “for a variety of reasons.”

Overall, he said, the numbers show coaches, administrators, parents and players are encouraging the tests.

Peck said he hopes Palm Beach County can one day mandate baseline testing for all athletes, which is the practice in Broward County. As of now, the tests are voluntary.

“I’ve been pleased with the response,” Peck said. “I look forward to expanding it to all sports.”