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"They're doing it at the highest level, why wouldn't we do it to protect our most vulnerable demographic, which is kids?" Lucio said. "Kids who don't have the skills NFL players have or the physical attributes to prevent injury. They are far more vulnerable."
Baseline testing takes some of the guesswork out of concussion treatment and helps athletes return to play safely.
"There's so many misconceptions about concussions," said Dr. Summer Ott, the clinical director of the Christus St. John Concussion Center in suburban Houston. "A lot of people are misdiagnosed. There's still a feeling among the medical community that you have to lose consciousness or you have to have a positive CT scan or MRI. Really very few concussions actually have those characteristics."
Ott treated Cameron after his injuries. She also helped develop the ImPACT test, a 25-minute computerized cognitive test that is used by NFL teams and hundreds of others ranging from junior highs to professional leagues across the country.
There are about 60 schools in Texas currently using the test the ImPACT test, which helps establish a baseline in part by using memory responses to determine whether an athlete is ready to return to play or even take on classwork.
Patricia Schlegel knows her son downplayed his symptoms after his first hard hit because he didn't want to miss the next week's playoff game for Manvel High School. She thinks that had Cameron undergone baseline testing, they would have known to get him treated sooner.
"The education needs to be in all the high schools and I really don't think it's there," she said. "Honestly, when there's competitive coaches and competitive athletes they will push that out of their mind and push them to play. I saw a total 180 at our school after Cameron's injury. When the boys were hit they were out, they were looked at. I see it in soccer now. It's not taken lightly."
All football players at Cameron's high school underwent ImPACT testing prior to this season.
More than a year later, Cameron is almost back to normal. His recovery wasn't easy and he had to be certified for special education so he could attend school half days for three months. He wore sunglasses and ear plugs to deal with light and noise.
Now a senior, he is the goalie for his soccer team after finishing a football season where he switched from offensive lineman to kicker to minimize the risk of another concussion.
He's already been accepted to four universities and will head off to one of them next fall. There are still lingering problems from his head injury, namely memory lapses, and his mother said there's "definitely a little piece that probably didn't come back."
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