CHA is pleased to announce we are partnering with the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital, a recipient of a grant from the OAK Foundation, Geneva Switzerland. The primary objective of this grant is outreach to children and adolescents to provide concussion education and baseline testing as well as concussion education for parents, guardians, athletes and coaches at no cost.
The Concussion Center will be at the Chelmsford Forum on Wednesday, March 22nd from 3pm – 8pm to conduct baseline testing. Parents will receive the report via email. Please note that this testing is for players age 10 and up and the player must be registered for the 2017-2018 hockey season with CHA. You can sign up for a spot to have testing done with the link below. If this session fills and we still have additional interest, we will add a second day of baseline testing. We will also be scheduling an education session for parents.
More information on the Concussion Center (see attached flyer as well):
The concussion education program includes informational sessions for children, young adults, parents, and coaches regarding recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do in the event a concussion occurs. Each of the educational sessions is geared toward the specific audience and has been developed by the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center’s team of medical staff and rehabilitation therapists. The baseline concussion testing utilizes the following three tests:
1. ImPACT (Immediate Post concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing): a computer-based test that evaluates multiple aspects of cognitive function, including: attention span, working memory, reaction time, and problem solving.
2. Balance Error Scoring System (BESS): assesses the participant’s balance and postural stability.
3. King Devick Test: an objective test that evaluates visual tracking and eye movements by having the participant read a series of numbers on three test cards.
Together, these 3 tests provide the most comprehensive baseline score available. Each youth member who undergoes this testing will receive a full report of their results which will prove invaluable for their recovery should they have a concussion diagnosis over the next few years. The education, awareness and training will last a life time.
We encourage you to visit the website to see what the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center is all about. https://www.emersonhospital.org/en/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx
If you have any questions, please email Julie Dowd at