Baseline concussion tests, which are designed to provide an objective measure of cognitive functioning prior to a concussion, are best completed prior to the start of a sports season and should be completed every 1-2 years. By completing the test before an injury occurs, the test can be re-administered post-concussion to assist healthcare providers in making accurate return to play decisions.
The computerized ImPACT, which stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, test measures cognitive abilities such as attention, verbal and visual learning and memory, processing speed and reaction time. It also gathers essential medical history. ImPACT is the most widely used and scientifically validated computerized neurocognitive test battery used as a concussion management tool. It can assess children and adults, ages 5-59 years of age and typically takes less than 30 minutes.
Baseline and post-injury tests should always be administered and interpreted by healthcare providers trained in the use of the test and concussion management.
Minnesota Hockey partner TRIA Orthopaedic offers a Sport Concussion Program and team that can provide experts to speak to members of your community, association or team, as well as administer baseline testing. For more information, contact TRIA’s Sport Concussion Program Coordinator at 952-977-0467.