ImPACT: Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT, or Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, is a computerized test used in Toronto Physiotherapy at Ace Sports Clinic. It is an objective measurement tool used in the assessment and management of concussion and post-concussion syndrome (PCS). It is a scientifically validated and FDA-approved test that allows clinicians to track progress of neurocognitive symptoms throughout the management of head injuries. ImPACT should be accompanied by a full clinical evaluation of PCS symptoms.
What does ImPACT assess?
ImPACT involves a variety of computer-based tests that assess domains such as visual and verbal memory, reaction time, and visual motor speed, all of which can be affected with PCS.
What does ImPACT involve?
ImPACT can be completed as a Baseline test (pre-injury) or as a Post-Injury test. Baseline testing is done to determine values for the domains listed above prior to head injury and is highly recommended for athletes that play contact sport. Post-Injury test scores can be compared with the athlete or client’s own Baseline scores, and/or within population normative values (if Baseline data hasn’t been assessed). The computer test takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete; however, may take longer depending on symptom severity with head injury.
What occurs after ImPACT?
Your clinician will use the values from the ImPACT test to help guide treatment, and can compare values as a means of objectively measuring improvement by completing a second or third test throughout the course of recovery.
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Sources: Shift Concussion Management, Inc.
ImPACT Applications, Inc.
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