ImPACT Testing

What is ImPACT Testing?

  • ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an FDA-approved test we use in our clinic to assist in management of concussions.
  • It is computer based and set up similar to a video game, taking a total of 25-30 minutes to complete.
  • It provides an objective tool to help assess patient recovery and readiness for return to activity.
  • It evaluates memory, attention span, visual and verbal problem solving.

Who should be tested?

  • Testing is for patients who are 12 years and older.
  • Baseline testing (prior to injury) should be done for all athletes in the preseason. Repeat baseline should be done every two years.
  • If a concussion occurs, or you are worried your child may have a concussion, we will repeat testing in addition to a full evaluation of the patient. Repeat/post-injury testing will be compared to the baseline results and help us manage the concussion.
  • All children should be evaluated by a medical professional for a concussion, even if they do not have baseline testing.

What is a concussion?

  • A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused from a bump, bolt, or jolt to the head.
  • Some symptoms appear immediately, while others take hours or days to appear.
  • 80% of concussions resolve within 2-3weeks of injury
  • Children and adolescence are more susceptible to concussions due to brain development.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

  • Concussion symptoms fall into a few categories:
    • Physical: headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light and noises
    • Mental: feeling groggy/slowed down, difficulty concentrating, fatigue
    • Emotional: anxiety, irritability, sadness
  • Sleep: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, sleeping more than usual
  • If you think your child has a concussion, you should seek prompt medical evaluation.
  • It is important to remember that some head injuries should be evaluated in the emergency room. If your child has loss of consciousness, severe head pain, vomiting, slurred speech, weakness, seizure-like activity, difficulty with coordination, or increased drowsiness you should call 911 or report to the emergency room.

How do I make an appointment?

  • Please call the office for more information at (708) 424-7600. Baseline testing is $50 out -of-pocket cost and is not billable to the insurance.
  • Once your child is diagnosed with a concussion, we will establish an individual plan to help safely return your child to school and activity. This plan will include physical and mental rest in addition to behavioral modifications