Computerized software called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. The test takes approximately 30-45 minutes for the initial baseline. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test that can be scheduled once you are 24 hours symptom free. The results will then be reviewed, and can assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. The re-test will also allow us to assist the athlete in a proper return to training program, as a return to training too soon can prolong symptoms and potentially cause lasting and severe effects if another concussive event occurs.
Q: “When should I schedule a baseline ImPACT test?”
A: Immediately, since accidents can happen anytime you are on the road or trails.