About ImPACT

ImPACT is a neuropsychological assessment tool used to evaluate an athlete's pre-concussive and post-concussive performance. The web-based program provides information regarding the severity of injury and a standard for evaluating return to play.

The program consists of a self-report symptom questionnaire, a concussion history form and 7 tests of neurocognitive functioning that measure attention span, working memory, sustained attention, reaction time, response variability, visual and verbal memory, selective attention and non-verbal problem solving.

The test features:

Baseline Test

The baseline test is a pre-injury measurement of an athletes' cognitive function. Should an athlete sustain a concussion, post-injury tests can be compared to a baseline data and provide valuable information that aids in the return to play decision.  The baseline test is a web-based test. 

Post-Concussive Test

  1. If a concussion occurs, a post-concussion test is administered 48 to 72 hours after the injury, and interpreted by a trained medical professional.

  2. These results are then compared with the baseline data to assist in determining return to play.

  3. If an athlete has not taken the baseline test, ImPACT has norms that can be used to evaluate the recovery process of a concussed athlete.  While these norms can be used to monitor recovery, they do not replace the value of the individual-specific test.

  4. Additional post-injury tests may be required until complete recovery has occurred.

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