Blessed Trinity Sports Medicine Program utilizes ImPACT testing as part of the concussion management for our student athletes. ImPACT® is intended for use as a computer-based neurocognitive test battery to aid in the assessment and management of concussion.
What Is Neurocognitive Assessment and Why Use It?
Neurocognitive assessment is a performance-based method to assess the many aspects of cognitive functioning. Included in this assessment are measurements of reaction time, processing speed and memory. A neurocognitive assessment is used to examine normal cognitive function and differentiate the cognitive consequences of traumatic brain injury, brain disease, and mental illness. Neurocognitive assessment may be used to aid clinicians and researchers in formulating diagnostic impressions, assessment of treatment response, and prediction of functional potential and functional recovery. Recent advances in neurocognitive assessment include computerized presentation of many of the tasks traditionally presented in paper and pencil format. Computer-based neurocognitive testing has become the principle component of concussion evaluation. International expert meetings on the topic of concussion in sports explicitly endorsed neuropsychological testing as the “cornerstone” of concussion management. Seventy percent of pediatricians who currently manage concussions report using neurocognitive testing as part of their evaluation. Given the large number of reported concussions and the notion that there is significant underreporting of concussions that actually occur, there is an increasing need for high-quality, empirically validated tools to aid healthcare professionals in their identification and treatment of head injury.
ImPACT has two purposes:
Baseline Testing – Administered before the start of a sport season, school year, or other activity. Baseline scores are collected and stored on our privacy compliant servers. ImPACT Applications recommends re-administering the baseline test annually in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Post-Injury Testing – Administered when a concussion is suspected. Test results are compared to baseline scores and normative data scores as part of a healthcare provider's assessment of the injury. Multiple post injury tests may be given to an individual during the course of treatment and rehabilitation.
For more information regarding ImPACT, please visit their website.