ImPact Testing

ImPact Testing:

ImPact Testing is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by coaches, athletic trainers, doctors, and other health professionals to assist them in determining an athlete's fitness to return to play after suffering a concussion.

 ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.

 Developed in the early 1990's by Drs. Mark Lovell and Joseph Maroon, ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. ImPACT Applications, Inc. was co-founded by Mark Lovell, PhD, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD.

 Given the inherent difficulties in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.

 ImPACT can be administered by an athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team coach, team doctor, or anyone trained to administer baseline testing. ImPACT is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.

 Test Features

Measures player symptoms

Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time

Reaction time measured to 1/100th of second

Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions

Provides reliable baseline test information

Produces comprehensive report of test results

Results can be e-mailed or faxed for fast consultation by a neuropsychologist

Automatically stores data from repeat testing

Testing is administered online for individuals or groups

Compatible with PC and MAC

The test battery consists of a near infinite number of alternate forms by randomly varying the stimulus array for each administration. This feature was built in to the program to minimize the "practice effects" that have limited the usefulness of more traditional neurocognitive tests. ImPACT takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. 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

Test Overview

Section 1: Demographic Information & Health History Questionnaire

Section 2: Current Symptoms and Conditions

Section 3: Neuropsychological Tests (baseline testing and post-injury testing)

Module 1: Word Memory

Module 2: Design Memory

Module 3: X's and O's

Module 4: Symbol Matching

Module 5: Color Match

Module 6: Three Letter Memory

Section 4: Injury Description

Section 5: ImPACT Test Scores

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