What is ImPACT testing?
Children’s uses Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT™), a computer-based evaluation for sports concussion. A pre-concussion ImPACT test helps establish baseline cognitive functioning. This baseline can be compared to post-concussion testing if the athlete suffers a head injury later.
Why should athletes get baseline testing?
Comparing the pre- and post-concussion test scores can help determine when an athlete is ready to return to normal activities
(athletes may not return to play until all concussion symptoms have subsided). ImPACT is one of many tools our doctors use for athletes with concussions.
Before the season starts, an athlete can take the test to measure attention, visual memory, reaction time and more. This brief series of tests take about 30-45 minutes to complete. Parents receive a copy of the results.
What types of athletes should get baseline testing?
Baseline testing is recommended for athletes participating in contact sports such as football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics.
Watch the WSB-TV news segment, "Atlanta Public Schools Requiring Concussion Testing for all Athletes," with the Children's Sports Medicine Medical Director, David Marshall, M.D.