COLUMBUS - Columbus Community Hospital has changed the way it will be testing for concussions.

CCH's sports medicine staff and the CCH Concussion Management Clinic have started using XLNTbrain, a new neurocognitive test for concussions. Through the program, staff will have access to an online platform and mobile app that includes concussion education, baseline testing, sideline assessment, and recovery care plans.

CCH says the switch was made when the Nebraska Sports Concussion Network was discontinued. Without the network, CCH was no longer able to receive the ImPACT testing program at a discounted rate.

“When we looked into the price, we felt it was a better option to change our practice to a more updated neurocognitive test,” said Rob Marshall, ATC, the program director of CCH’s athletic training. “Although we are no longer using ImPACT, the CCH sports medicine staff will be using a more up-to-date neurocognitive testing program in XLNTBRAIN.”

The process of administering the XLNTbrain test for concussions will be similar to the one used for ImPACT, and CCH says that its athletic trainers will help the athletic departments they service learn the new system.