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), and the Center for Disease Control to offer free neurocognitive baseline testing, to youth athletes in Western Pennsylvania.
Testing for athletes will be conducted at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and four CCAC locations:
- CCAC–Boyce Campus in Monroeville
- CCAC–North Campus in McCandless
- CCAC–South Campus in West Mifflin
- CCAC–West Hills Center in Oakdale.
Testing will be conducted throughout the year at various locations. Please check the online registration site for upcoming testing dates and times.
Athletes must be between 10 and 14 years of age on the date of testing to be eligible for free neurocognitive baseline testing.
- Athletes over 15 can take the neurocognitive baseline test at any location for a nominal fee of $25.00.
- Athletes ages six to nine years old can take the pediatric neurocognitive baseline test only at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine for a nominal fee of $25.00
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 free 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 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 well:
- 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.