The IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) 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, the IMPACT test is a 40-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages.
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.
The IMPACT test is administered by our athletic trainer and sports coordinator. Post-concussion care and the management of concussion can only be administered by a trained medical professional. The IMPACT test assists doctors in making return-to-play decisions and should never be used as a stand-alone tool.
The IMPACT test we issue to your child 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.
Your child must take the IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) and return the Concussion Fact Sheet Permission Slip. Once the IMPACT test is taken the results are good for two years. A Physical Examination Form must be completed by your child's physician and on file in our nurse's office. The date of your child's physical examination on file must cover the time period for the sport that he/she will be participating in.