Baseline Concussion Testing
Postinjury Neurocognitive Concussion Evaluation
Developed by experts at the UPMC Sports Medicine 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 as:
- 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.
Baseline Concussion Testing Outreach Program
UPMC Sports Medicine offers baseline concussion testing and educational programs to athletes, parents, coaches, certified athletic trainers, and other health care professionals throughout western Pennsylvania.
- The cost to participate is $25 per person.
- If for any reason you think your son or daughter may have sustained a hit to the head prior to taking this baseline test, we strongly recommended seeking medical care from the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program experts.
Where to Go for Baseline Concussion Testing
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is a Certified ImPACT™ Consultation (CIC) testing location. A CIC is an ImPACT partner with the education, training, and experience that come with completing the credentialed ImPACT Consultant Program.
UPMC Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
To schedule a baseline concussion test or to find additional testing locations, visit the UPMC Sports Medicine registration page.
Questions? Call 1-855-937-7678.