ImPACT™ Baseline Concussion Testing
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.
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.
Schedule a baseline concussion test or find other testing locations.
Questions? Call 1-855-937-7678.