The short and long-term effects of concussions are a growing concern to athletic organizations, health care providers and parents.
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computerized program that evaluates and documents multiple aspects of neurocognitive functioning, including verbal and visual memory, attention span, brain processing speed, reaction time and post-concussive symptoms.
The ImPACT program is used by the NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, the USA Ski team, the USA Hockey team, the US Army, Navy and Air Force, more than 450 universities, and 375 of the leading clinical centers around the nation.
ImPACT is a 20-25 minute test battery, using a web based program, that has been scientifically validated to measure the effects of sports related concussions.
The baseline test establishes where an athlete is, cognitively, so it can be compared to the athletes status following a concussion, thus preventing the injured athlete from returning to play too soon and protecting them from serious consequences of returning too early.
Baseline testing is performed at Utah Valley Sports Medicine or through your local high school ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer).
It is recommended athletes be baseline tested beginning in the 7th grade and retested every two years until they finish high school. Athletes continuing to play sports in college should be tested when they begin college as well.
If a baseline test is not performed then the post injury test will be compared to a very large normative database to determine return to play guidelines for that individual.
- Measures player symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time measured to 1/100th of second Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Results can be e-mailed or faxed for fast consultation by a neuropsychologist
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing
- Testing is administered online for individuals or groups
- Compatible with PC and MAC
The test battery consists of a near infinite number of alternate forms by randomly varying the stimulus array for each administration. This feature was built in to the program to minimize the "practice effects" that have limited the usefulness of more traditional neurocognitive tests.