ImPACT Testing Information
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of violent shaking of the head. It is estimated that 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually in the United States. The likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport sustaining a concussion is as high as 19%. Contrary to popular belief, 90% of the time a concussion does not involve loss of consciousness. Concussions are to be taken very seriously. The phrase "you just had your bell rung" is no longer used. If a blow is severe enough to cause symptoms, a concussion should be assumed. Some of the more common symptoms of concussion include headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating and remembering in class. Concussions that are not managed properly can lead to memory loss, academic problems, long-term headaches, and even coma or death. Every concussion is different and must be managed individually.
Here at Spring Grove High School and Middle School, we utilize a computer-based testing procedure for athletes with concussion. The program is called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and was developed by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh. The baseline testing portion of the program will be completed at home beginning with the Fall 2016 sports season. Athletes that do not have access to a computer can make arrangements to take the test at school.
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of a concussion. ImPACT takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
All SGASD Student-athletes are required to have a baseline in the database. During the 7th, 9th, and 11th-grade years the Student-athletes must retake the test to update the baseline due to the brain's maturation. Baseline tests can be taken on any computer with internet access. Please make sure that the pop-up blocker is turned off, the test is taken all at once, and taken in a quiet room with no distractions.
Click on the following link and then type in the access code below and follow the instructions.
ACCESS CODE: 9162426AAF