What is ImPACT?
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.
ImPACT testing takes approximately 20 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
)How does this affect me?
ImPACT baseline testing is a REQUIREMENT for all CSH Upper School interscholastic athletes and will be administered by the athletic trainer. Each athlete must complete baseline testing every two years. This is important due to changes in cognitive functioning as teenagers age and develop at different rates.
Testing takes place in the school’s computer lab which can accommodate a group of up to 20 athletes. Each testing session is scheduled for 45 minutes, although the actual “test” portion typically lasts only 20 minutes. There will be multiple opportunities prior to each season for those athletes who are due for their baseline test. Post-concussion testing
When an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, has been evaluated by a medical professional (athletic trainer, school nurse, physician, etc.), and a diagnosis is made, the athlete will complete a post-injury ImPACT once deemed appropriate. The decision of when and how often post-injury testing is needed, is up to the discretion of the treating physician and athletic trainer. Click here for more information on ImPACT.