CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - High school football players now have more protection on and off the field. There's a new computerized software program designed to evaluate traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
This software has been used all over the world and now it will help athletes in the Charleston County School District.
Tackling and hitting is part of football, but it can also cause serious injuries.
"We used to think getting your bell rung in a football game was a badge of honor and nobody wanted to make anything of it," said Dr. Morgan Stuart, a neurosurgeon at Roper St. Francis."We know that the reality of it is these kind of injuries are more dangerous than we realize."
This year high school student athletes in the Charleston County School District are required to take the impact test before hitting the field.
The impact software program will test the athletes memory and speed with different objects that appear on the screen.
The test takes about 20 minutes and scans for traumatic brain injuries and concussions that gives medical professional a better understanding of the athletes brain
According to the centers for disease control, nearly 71 percent of traumatic brain injury emergency visits related to sports and recreation were among young people ages 10 to19.