EARLY CO., GA (WALB) - High school football is back in action and that means the safety of football players and other athletes is top of mind again for many parents.
That is why Pioneer Community Hospital has purchased concussion test software for new athletes in the Early County school system.
All athletes playing high impact sports will take the test.
If they get a concussion during the season, they will retake the test.
It allows doctors to have a better understanding of if the athlete is okay to continue playing.
Often times the physical systems go away but that doesn't mean the concussion has too.
"It allows a doctor to use it as a tool," said ECHS assistant football coach Turner Floyd. "It's one of their tools that they use to clear a player and not allow them to play too early and possibly get a multiple concussion situation which is very dangerous," said Floyd.
Coach Floyd said he is thankful the hospital provides the software.
He said a number of other athletic programs don't have it because it is something the school systems can't afford.