Los Angeles school requires concussion tests

45 minute exam to assess balance and brain function

By Dana Levy - Producer
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A boys Catholic high school in Los Angeles will require all students to undergo baseline testing for concussions — whether they are athletes or not.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1yWNMZs ) each of Loyola High's 1,270 students will undergo the 45-minute exam assessing balance and brain functions.

More than 500 students have already completed the test administered by the athletic training staff.

Principal Frank Kozakowski says non-athletes are being given the exam because the school has experienced increased numbers of students being diagnosed with concussions from outside activities such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

He says having data from a baseline test will help doctors, teachers and parents.

Officials say they don't know of any other school where the entire student body has undergone baseline testing.

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