CARROLLTON, TEXAS—Playing catch with his dad is as close to football Collin Heusinkveld has gotten in nearly a month, and here's why.
Home video shows Collin taking a big hit. He was on the ground for about five seconds, then popped back up. The Carrollton Christian Academy quarterback, receiver and linebacker says he played the rest of the game.
Collin didn't know he had a concussion until he was referred to Dr. James Sterling who uses a cognitive testing program called 'Impact.' 75 north Texas schools have their athletes baseline cognitive skills evaluated, then tested again in the event of a concussion. Dr. Sterling says kids who suffer a concussion during a game should not go back in.
"You can see an ankle sprain limp, you can see a knee sprain limp, you can see a hip sprain limp, but you can't see the brain limp. Now with this cognitive testing, we do see the brain limp." Says Dr. Sterling.
Dr. Sterling says cat scans rarely show injury to the brain. Coaches and trainers are armed with sideline cards with suggested questions to test players during games. The questions include, what stadium they're in and who they're playing. Collin's coach is George Teague. Yes, that George Teague, the former Cowboy who chased T.O. off the Texas star. Coach Teague says the Impact program is a big hit because injured athletes can't play until they pass the baseline test.
"It does take us out as coaches, it takes all liability out of our hands and issues and puts it right back into the doctor so they can tell when to come back." Says Teague.
Collin scored two touchdowns after the big hit, but says he can't play again until he passes his baseline test.
"The only thing I have trouble with is memorizing words and stuff, which is the part I've been failing on the test." Says Collin.