We currently do not offer ImPACT concussion testing.
We do treat concussions and reference the baseline ImPACT testing done by area schools, athletic trainers, and sport medicine specialists.
What is ImPACT testing?
ImPACT testing can be used before and after a traumatic brain injury. Each test should be administered by a trained sports medicine specialist or athletic trainer. Upon completion of the test, a neuropsychologist interprets the scores. According to impacttest.com, the 25-minute test consists of six modules that measure;
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem-solving
- Reaction time
When combined with a physical exam, the ImPACT test becomes part of the concussion management program. When ImPACT testing is completed before a concussion, it is used as a baseline.
If you or your child has a head injury, a sports medicine physician may use ImPACT testing to determine the severity of the injury.
According to participation standards and ImPACT test results and evaluations, an injured athlete will not be able to return to play until he or she meets the criteria to begin a step-wise progression back to full activity.
If you are diagnosed with a concussion, you will be given a plan of care that is likely to include recommendations for:
- Physical rest – Some rest is helpful. Stay out of school or work for one to three days. Participate in very light activity. Avoid prolonged napping.
- Cognitive rest – Limit your use of computers, cell phones, and tablets. Reduce or eliminate video games for the first few days to avoid over-stimulating the brain. Postpone mentally challenging work or school work for one to three days. Follow the prescribed activity outline for returning to physical activity once your concussion symptoms have resolved.
- If an activity makes the symptoms worse, stop and rest.
The members of Bone & Joint’s concussion team will work together to provide safe and efficient management of concussions.
If you suspect a concussion injury, go to the emergency room or call your primary care provider.