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. ImPACT was developed in the 1990s to provide useful information to assist qualified practitioners in making sound return to play decisions following concussions.
Why use ImPACT?
Given the inherent complexities of concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing whenever possible. Neurocognitive 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 been called the “cornerstone” of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.
Who is currently using ImPACT?
Some of the individuals using ImPACT include all of MLB, NHL, NFL and WWE. Over 6000 high schools, 1,300 colleges and universities, 1,200 clinical centers, 225 professional teams, select military units, Cirque du Soleil, New Zealand and South African rugby teams also use ImPACT.
What does the ImPACT test look like?
To view a demo of the ImPACT test please visit their website at, http://www.impacttestonline.com/impacttestdemo/
ImPACT is NOT
ImPACT is not: A diagnostic test, ImPACT is one tool that can be used by medical professionals to help measure an individual’s recovery from a concussion
- ImPACT is not: A one step solution to concussions
- ImPACT is not: A preventative tool, nothing can prevent concussions
- ImPACT is not: A substitute for medical treatment or management
- ImPACT is not: A replacement for a cat scan, MRI or other medical technology
- ImPACT is not: A home-based test, ImPACT should always be administered in the presences of a trained supervisor
Where can I go to learn more about the ImPACT Test?
Please visit ImPACT’s website, www.impacttest.com.
Who is behind ImPACT?
The ImPACT Program was pioneered by Mark Lovell, PhD, ABPN and Joseph Maroon, MD in the 1990’s. ImPACT Applications Inc. was founded by Dr. Lovell and Dr. Maroon along with Micky Collins, PhD. Our team of doctors are world leaders in the field of concussion management and are committed to the ongoing development of advanced concussion management tools. ImPACT team members have dedicated the past 15 years to the scientific study of sports-related concussion and the clinical application of this knowledge throughout professional and amateur sports.
- National Football League
- Major Baseball League
- Major/Minor League Baseball Umpires
- National Hockey League
- Team USA (Winter Olympics)
- USA Hockey
- Ontario/Western Hockey Leagues
- USA Olympic Hockey
- Major League Soccer
- Swedish Soccer
- US Soccer Federation
- Cirque du Soleil
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- USA Rugby
- South African Rugby
- New Zealand Rugby
- US Lacrosse
- USA Ski Team
- US Military Academy
- US Air Force Academy
- 200 Professional Sports Teams
- 3500+ High Schools
- 1300+ Colleges and Universities
- 900+ Clinical Centers
- 300+ Credentialed ImPACT Consultants
About 10% of all student athletes in contact sports suffer a concussion during their season.
Recovery may take days or weeks, with individuals often experiencing dizziness, headaches, double vision, memory problems, irritability and depression.
Premature return to play following a concussion can lead to potentially serious consequences.
Our staff is trained in Concussion testing services including Baseline and Post-Injury Concussion testing. Utilizing ImPACT program as one piece of the overall concussion management.