Justin Blackmon will be tested before getting OK to play

by Gina Mizell Published: October 24, 2011
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“There are a lot of people that have done a lot of research that have tried to gear it a little more toward sports, because in the old criteria, it was based on loss of consciousness and not loss of consciousness.”

Here is a breakdown of those tests.

Symptom checklist

The athlete will rank the severity of 16-18 symptoms on a scale of zero to six, with zero meaning no symptoms and six meaning severe symptoms. These include headache, sensitivity to light, confusion and disorientation, amnesia, irritability and balance issues

Time: One minute

2. BESS Test

This test checks the athlete's balance, both on solid ground and while standing on a rectangular piece of foam.

Time: Five minutes

3. SAC Test

This is a cognitive test that focuses on memory and recall.

Time: Five minutes

4. ImPACT Test

This is a computer-generated test that is similar to the SAC test. It uses shapes, colors, words and other elements to measure speed, errors and recall.

Time: 25-30 minutes


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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