Baseline Testing Program: Heads UP Pittsburgh
Heads UP Pittsburgh is a partnership between UPMC Sports Medicine, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), and the Centers for Disease Control.
Beginning August 4, neurocognitive baseline testing will be available for athletes ages 7 and older in western Pennsylvania.
Testing for athletes will be conducted at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and five other locations:
- CCAC–Boyce Campus in Monroeville
- CCAC–North Campus in McCandless
- CCAC–South Campus in West Mifflin
- CCAC–West Hills Center in Oakdale
Please check the online registration site for upcoming testing dates and times.
- Athletes ages 10 and older can take the baseline test at any location for a nominal fee of $25.
- Athletes ages 7 to 9 years old can take the pediatric neurocognitive baseline test only at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine for $25.
Please note that registrations will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is strongly recommended that you register your athlete as early as possible to avoid missing your opportunity for the test. Please use the online registration form located to the right of this page.
Prior to your test, the following forms will need to be completed and brought with you to your appointment.
Learn More about Baseline Testing
Postinjury Neurocognitive Concussion Evaluation
Developed by experts at the UPMC Sports Concussion Program, the ImPACT™ (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) tool establishes a benchmark for a patient's normally functioning brain activities.
The ImPACT tool is most effective in the comparative assessment of a patient's neurocognitive state before a concussion actually occurs.
Postinjury care is critical and the baseline ImPACT test can help our experts manage the injury more accurately. Other neuropsychological tests may be conducted to manage the individual's case as well.
UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program neuropsychologists recommend baseline concussion testing for children:
- Ages 12 and under — every year.
- Ages 13 and older — every two years.
About ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing
ImPACT is a computer-based test that evaluates and documents multiple aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive state, such asl:
- Brain processing speed
- Reaction time
- Visual motor skills
It does not diagnose a concussion, but establishes benchmark data when a player is in a nonconcussed or “normal” state.
Experts in concussion management and rehabilitation use the test as part of the clinical evaluation.