The Niagara University Club Sports Program is fortunate to have the services of a certified athletic trainer (ATC). The ATC, in conjunction with Student Health Services, will provide athletic training services to our club sport participants. As part of the ATC services, the university has implemented a Concussion Management Program.
The Niagara University club athletic trainer is Diana Bronschidle. Diana received her Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College in 2011. Then she accepted a graduate assistant position as an athletic trainer at Salisbury University where she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Applied Health and Physiology. This is Diana’s third year at Niagara and has been a practicing athletic trainer for 5 years.
Based on impact and collision, some club sports will be designated as a high impact sport and participants will be required to complete two baseline concussion tests in order to participate. Testing is important so that the baseline scores can be used to assist in determining when a student can return to play in the event of a concussion. The two baseline tests are described below:
IMPACT Test: IMPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. IMPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices.
Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) Test: This is a balance test which involves an athlete holding three different stances on two different surfaces (floor and foam mat). This is another form of assessment that is part of determining safe return to play decisions.