What is ImPACT testing?
The sport concussion team at TRIA utilizes ImPACT Applications to provide baseline and post-injury testing for athletes’ ages 5–59 years. ImPACT stands for “Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing”. It is the most common and scientifically validated computerized neurocognitive test utilized for concussion management. Although, ImPACT is often referred to as “the concussion test” it should never be used alone to diagnosis a concussion.
ImPACT testing provides an objective measure of:
- Verbal and visual learning and memory
- Processing speed
- Reaction time
Ideally, baseline testing is completed before the start of a sport season or before a concussion occurs. If the athlete later sustains a concussion, post-injury ImPACT results can be compared to their baseline scores. The TRIA Sport Concussion Program recommends baseline testing for all athletes. Concussion experts suggest that baseline testing is especially important for athletes diagnosed with learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), low average and/or above average intellectual and academic abilities. Post-injury ImPACT tests can still be useful without baseline data.
Baseline and post-injury tests should always be administered and interpreted by healthcare providers trained in the use of the test and concussion management. The TRIA Sport Concussion Program recommends baseline testing for all athletes every 1-2 years depending on age and injury history.
Schedule a baseline ImPACT test
TRIA offers two methods of baseline testing. The cost for each test is $20.
- Adult for ages 12-59 performed on a desktop computer
- Pediatric for ages 5-11 performed on an iPad.
Athletes and parents will meet with an athletic trainer during their visit for the following:
- Discussion on concussion recognition, management and resources
- Medical history
- Administration of the test
- Brief review of test results
Call 952-977-0467 to schedule baseline ImPACT testing today!
What ImPACT is and isn’t
|Is a useful, reliable and valid concussion management program.|
|Is a tool to help determine recovery from injury.|
|Is a tool to help manage concussion, including return to exertion, return to academics and return to play.|
|Is a tool to help communication post-concussion status to coaches, parents, and clinicians.|
|Is not a substitute for medical evaluation and treatment.|
Community engagement and education
The sport concussion team at TRIA offers a variety of community engagement and education opportunities, including training for athletes, parents, coaches, community leaders, and other medical personnel.
For more information contact our sport concussion team at 952-977-0467.