At the forefront of proper concussion management is the implementation of baseline and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. Such evaluation can help to objectively evaluate the post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion.
ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a user-friendly, computer-based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussions. ImPACT is currently the most widely utilized computer program and has been implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sports. ImPACT is suitable for athletes ages 10 and older. It is funded by The Valley Hospital Foundation.
It is a 20-minute battery of neurocognitive evaluations, including measures of verbal and visual memory, attention span, brain processing speed, and reaction time. Ideally, athletes first complete a baseline ImPACT test prior to playing sports. If an athlete subsequently experiences a concussion, he or she is re-tested and the baseline data is compared to the post-concussion data to monitor recovery and determine when it is safe for the player to return to active sports.
For more information or to schedule an ImPACT test, contact the Sports Institute at 201-447-8133.