ImPACT is a program used at all levels to create baselines for athletes, so when they experience a concussion, there is a way to measure against their normal reaction time. You cannot “grade” a concussion, the same hit to the head affects different people in different ways. Every single athlete at a professional level does the ImPact test as a baseline. The test shows us a combination of memory, spatial recognition, color recognition, word recognition, reaction time and irritability.
Even if your child has not established a baseline with the ImPACT test, if they experience a concussion, they must be cleared by a physician before returning to play. Signature Healthcare's ImPACT trained and certified Emergency Department physicians are available to see your student athlete for an examination. If you are interested in more information on the program, please call 855-60-SPORT (77678).
Why Use ImPACT?
ImPACT can help answer difficult questions about an athlete's readiness to return to play, protecting them from the serious consequences of returning too soon. While traditional neurological and radiologic procedures such as CT, MRI, and EEG are helpful in identifying many serious concerns (e.g. skull fracture, hematoma, contusion), they are not as useful in identifying the effects of concussion. As a result, doctors often must rely on subjective observations or a patient's self-reporting of symptoms to diagnose and track a concussion. This is where ImPACT can help.
Using ImPACT to implement baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing can help objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and recovery to prevent the cumulative effects of concussion. And in the event that baseline testing is not possible, ImPACT has a normative database of thousands of non-injured athletes, which can also be used for effective comparison.
Who is Behind ImPACT?
Mark Lovell, PhD, ABPN, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael Collins, PhD, founded ImPACT in 2002. These professionals are world leaders in the field of concussion management and are committed to the ongoing development of advanced concussion management tools. ImPACT team members have dedicated the past 15 years to the scientific study of sports-related concussion and the clinical application of this knowledge throughout professional and amateur sports.
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT is a sophisticated, research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following concussion. The program begins with a 20-minute computerized test administered in the preseason for a baseline, and includes puzzles and tasks that measure a variety of factors. When a concussion is suspected, a follow-up test is administered to see if the results have changed from the baseline. This comparison helps to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so you can continue to track the injury.
For More Information on ImPACT Testing offered through Signature Healthcare Call: 855-60-SPORT (77678)
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