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ImPACT testing

Baseline ImPACT testing for concussions

A concussion can affect our memory, the way we learn and even our verbal processing abilities. Assessing your brain function before and after a concussion gives us a complete picture of any changes caused by the injury.

As part of our specialized Sport Concussion Program, we offer ImPACT testing. ImPACT testing is a scientifically proven way to compare your cognitive function before and after a concussion. Our team of neuropsychologists and athletic trainers will work with you to track your results before an injury and use them to create a personalized treatment plan if a concussion occurs. Our goal is to help you return to your sport safely, confidently and quickly.

What is ImPACT testing?

ImPACT stands for “Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing”.  It’s the most common, scientifically proven computer-based test used for concussion management. We use ImPACT testing to provide baseline and post-injury testing for athletes ages 5-59 years. Although, ImPACT is often referred to as “the concussion test”, it should never be used alone to diagnose a concussion.

ImPACT testing provides an objective measure of:

  • Verbal and visual learning and memory
  • Processing speed
  • Reaction time
  • Attention

ImPACT testing is offered in two parts: baseline testing and post-injury testing.

Baseline testing

Ideally, baseline testing is completed before you begin your sports season. That way, if you experience a concussion, we can compare the results of your baseline test to your post-injury assessment. This helps us evaluate any changes in your cognitive function right away so we can create a personalized treatment program for you.

Depending on your age and injury history, we recommend baseline testing every 1-2 years for anyone who is active in sports. Baseline testing is especially important for athletes diagnosed with a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), those who struggle with academics and school, and those who are above average in intellectual and academic abilities.

Children ages 5-11 will perform their baseline test on an iPad. Anyone 12 and older will perform their baseline test on a desktop computer. The cost for each test is $30.

During your visit, athletes and their parents will meet with an athletic trainer to discuss concussion recognition, management and educational resources. We’ll also talk to you about your medical history and answer any questions you might have. Then we’ll perform the baseline test and review the results.

Post-injury ImPACT testing

If you’ve experienced a concussion, you may be given a post-injury ImPACT test as part of your visit. Post-injury ImPACT tests can still be useful without baseline data.

Keep in mind that ImPACT testing is not a substitute for medical evaluation and treatment, but rather a tool to help make decisions about treatment and determine recovery after a concussion – including your return to academics and play. If you’ve experienced a concussion, make an appointment with our Sport Concussion Program.

Community engagement

In addition to ImPACT testing, TRIA offers a variety of community engagement and education opportunities, including training for athletes, parents, coaches, community leaders and other medical personnel as a part of the Sport Concussion program.

For more information contact our sport concussion team at 952-977-0467.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)