In the event of a head injury, a baseline concussion test can help medical professionals detect whether a concussion has occurred, the severity of the injury and when play can safely be resumed.
The test, called ImPACT, is available online or can be administered in a doctor's office. More information about the test, which is used by the NHL, NFL and many colleges and high schools, is available at: http://www.impacttest.com
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ImPACT Concussion Test
What is it?
Cognitive, computerized test for concussion management, specifically return-to-play decisions
Measures cognitive baseline pre-concussion
Can be used after a concussion but it must be disclosed or measurements are invalid
Test length averages 30 minutes
Development and Use?
University of Pittsburgh MD’s and PhD’s
Peer reviewed and validity tested
Many pro and student sports teams currently use ImPACT
Why use it?
Current methods do not address subtle changes from concussions – ImPACT can detect these
How is it administered?
Private physician office
Benefit: controlled administration
Benefit: local physician has baseline at office for comparisons
On-line - $10 on-line through Henry Ford Health System