ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is currently the most widely utilized computerized concussion management program in the world. It is used by the NFL, NHL, MLB, WWE, US Special Forces, 7,400+ high schools and 1,000+ Universities throughout the country. Developed by clinical experts, ImPACT is a scientifically validated computerized concussion system. The ImPACT test provides the neurocognitive tools and services that have been accepted as the best and most state-of-the-art practices for determining a safe return to play decision made by a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC).
The ImPACT test consists of the following:
- Measures athletes symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time is measured to a 1/100th of a second
- Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return to play decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Produces a comprehensive report of test results
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing
The test modules consist 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.
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
It is important to note that the ImPACT test in not an IQ or intelligence test. It is a test to measure how your brain performs and functions at certain tasks.
While ImPACT will not prevent concussions, it will allow properly trained professionals to track the cognitive status of the concussed athlete to help guard against a premature return to activity.
ImPACT test results are protected by HIPAA patient privacy rules. Test results will only be shared with permission by the test taker or guardian.