ImPACT® Test Section 4:
Description of the Concussion Injury
The creation of the injury description is done under the Injury Report Tab. Users can input their concussion details (loss of consciousness, amnesia, etc.) description of helmet and mouthguard, point of contact, symptoms, and description. This is important information for the clinician to have to further evaluate the concussion.
One of the keys to ImPACT's approach to concussion management is to compare an athlete's post-concussive performance and symptoms to a baseline (pre-concussion) level for that athlete. In order to do this, athletes must take a baseline ImPACT measurement prior to sustaining a concussion.
Typically, this can be done with a 20-minute online test at the beginning of preseason training or even a few months prior to season training. This user-friendly computer program can be administered by a coach, athletic trainer or physician with minimal training. It is important to have athletes complete the ImPACT test before they start any type of contact that might result in a concussion (e.g., drills, scrimmages, etc.). The online test is designed to measure cognitive functions, including: attention span, working memory, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time.
More About ImPACT®
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ImPACT Applications, Inc., is a provider of computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by medical professionals to assist them in determining an athlete's fitness to return to play after suffering a concussion. At the current time, ImPACT is being used for concussion management services at more than 1,000 high schools, colleges, sports medicine centers, and professional teams throughout the world.