ImPACT™ Baseline Concussion Testing
Post-injury Neurocognitive Concussion Evaluation
Developed by experts at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, the ImPACT (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) tool sets a baseline for normal functioning brain activities.
It's the most effective tool in the comparative assessment of a person's neurocognitive state before a concussion occurs.
UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program neuropsychologists advise baseline concussion testing for children:
- Ages 12 and under — each year.
- Ages 13 and older — every two years.
About ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing
The computer-based ImPACT test takes about 25 minutes to complete.
It looks at and records multiple aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive state, such as:
- Verbal and visual memory
- Brain processing speed
- Reaction time
The ImPACT test alone does not diagnose a concussion.
Experts use the tool:
- To establish baseline data when a player is in a non-concussed or “normal” state.
- As part of a complete evaluation process to manage head injuries more accurately.
When an athlete does suffer a concussion, post-injury treatment is crucial.
Our concussion experts use the baseline data as part of the post-injury exam. They may also conduct other neuropsychological tests to better manage each athlete's unique case.
If, for any reason, you think your son or daughter may have sustained a hit to the head prior to taking the ImPACT baseline concussion test, we strongly recommend seeking medical care from the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program experts.
» Visit the ImPACT website to learn more.
Baseline Concussion Testing Outreach Program
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program offers baseline concussion testing and programs throughout western Pennsylvania for:
- Certified athletic trainers
- Other health care professionals
The cost to participate is $25 per person.
Where to go for baseline concussion testing
The concussion program at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine 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 consultant program.
UPMC Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Schedule a baseline concussion test or find other testing locations.
Questions? Call 1-855-937-7678.