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Mr. Burr, Principal
217 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4270
Fax: 609.806.4271
Guidance: 609.806.4272

The Concussion "Impact Test" Information

Impact Test is required for JWMS sports and sports clubs participation.

This spring we are offering the ImPACT Test on Tuesday June 6th, Wednesday June 7th, and Thursday June 8th.    On this days students will report to the JW Cafeteria immediately after school.  The test should conclude not later than 4:30 p.m.  Please Click Here To Register your child to retake the ImPact Test if they were 11 years old when they took the test earlier  year or if they are a rising 9th grader. 

The impact test takes 1 hour. It is a computer test, no prior knowledge or preparation is required.

Your child is required to take and pass the baseline test once every two years to be eligible to participate in our JW athletic program.
Impact test will be given in a group of 30 or less, by sport, after school at JW. Check above and the home page for impact dates by sport.

If you have any questions regarding the post injury IMPACT test please email Shannon Koch at:
(609) 806-4289.

Informational letter about the Impact test

Dear Parent/Guardian,
In the summer of 2011, our Board of Education reached an agreement that all student athletes at our middle school will be required to take the IMPACT test prior to participating on any of our athletic teams. Simply stated, the IMPACT test gives your child's doctor a baseline score to compare to a second IMPACT test score which will be required if your child ever suffers a concussion during a practice or game.  We are currently testing students by grade levels so that by our spring season all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student athletes will have taken the test.   

Please know that our school district does adhere to a "Cut" Policy.  This policy enables our coaching staff to limit the number of student athletes who can participate on our athletic teams.  Consequently, our coaches are faced with a very challenging task of eliminating players at the end of a “tryout” period.  Although every effort will be made by our staff to cultivate your child’s interest in team sports please take the time to prepare your youngster for the enforcement of our policy.
It is the goal of our athletic program to provide an environment that develops appropriate attitudes and values that reflect the moral and ethical qualities of life in a democratic society.  We believe these values are inherent in team sports.  Through practices and contests students will learn to work with others, to trust and depend upon others and to understand the differences of others while maintaining a goal of achieving excellence.  We believe it is important for our student athletes to play and work with their contemporaries.  Special bonds of friendship develop through team sports. 

Involvement in school life beyond the classroom is an important part of the education of a child.  Active participation in team sports teaches students to control their emotions while performing under pressure, respect and good sportsmanship, the importance of preparation and organization, personal sacrifice and commitment of oneself for the betterment of the team, confidence, and the rewards of hard work.

Athletics aid in the emotional, social and physical development of the individual person.  Self-confidence, self-esteem, and a competitive spirit are all anticipated outcomes of a child’s participation in team sports.  Our athletics program is designed to foster a feeling of school and community pride.  It also teaches acceptance of winning and losing with dignity and graciousness.
I am very pleased to announce that parents and guardians can now have up to date information on their child’s sport schedule by registering at RSchool. This free service has the ability to send an automated email to an address of your choice or text message to your cell phone that will notify you immediately once an event is canceled or changed.  Check out the RSchool link on the JW athletics home page.

Please make note that Princeton Public Schools has a policy to offer every child the opportunity to participate in appropriate programs, clubs, and activities.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Our coaches and I look forward to meeting you.
Brian Dzbenski
Director of Athletics
Princeton Public Schools

What is the IMPACT Test

The IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.  Developed in the early 1990's by Drs. Mark Lovell and Joseph Maroon, the IMPACT  test is a 40-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages.

Given the inherent difficulties in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.

The IMPACT test is administered by our athletic trainer and sports coordinator. Post-concussion care and the management of concussion can only be administered by a trained medical professional. The IMPACT test assists doctors in making return-to-play decisions and should never be used as a stand-alone tool.

The IMPACT test we issue to your child is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.

Your child must take the IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) and return the Concussion Fact Sheet Permission Slip.  Once the IMPACT test is taken the results are good for two years.  A Physical Examination Form must be completed by your child's physician and on file in our nurse's office. The date of your child's physical examination on file must cover the time period for the sport that he/she will be participating in.