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
UPMC Sports Medicine is a Certified ImPACT® (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and Pediatric ImPACT® Consultation testing location. This means we have the education, training, and experience that come with completing the credentialed ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT consultant program.
About ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing
Developed by UPMC's concussion experts, the ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tools set a baseline for normal functioning brain activities.
They're the most effective tool in the comparative assessment of a person's neurocognitive state before a concussion occurs.
The computer-based ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tests takes about 25 minutes to complete.
They look at and record multiple aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive state, such as:
- Verbal and visual memory.
- Brain processing speed.
- Reaction time.
The ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tests alone does not diagnose a concussion.
Experts use these tools:
- 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.
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.
Post-concussion Neurocognitive Testing
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 brain function tests to better manage each athlete's unique case.
If you think your son or daughter may have sustained a hit to the head prior to taking the ImPACT or Pediatric ImPACT baseline concussion tests, we strongly recommend seeking medical care from the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program experts.
Questions about concussion testing? Call 1-855-937-7678 or visit the ImPACT website to learn more.