UPMC in South Central Pa. offers ImPACT baseline concussion testing for any athlete ages 10 and older.
Baseline testing provides a measurement of verbal and visual memory, brain processing and reaction time, along with a baseline symptom score, when the athlete is not experiencing symptoms from a concussion. The test is the most effective tool in comparing a person's neurocognitive state before a concussion occurs.
UPMC in South Central Pa. is a Certified ImPACT Consultation (CIC) and offers testing at both locations. The test is computer-based and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Baseline concussion testing age recommendations:
In the event that an athlete has a suspected concussion, the baseline data will be used as part of the post-injury physical exam conducted by the primary care sports medicine physician. The ImPACT test alone does not diagnose a concussion, but it is an effective tool used to compare the data from an athlete’s non-concussed (“normal” state) to his/her post-injury state.
The test is also a factor used in determining the plan of care and return to activity. The safety of the patient is the priority when dealing with concussions.
UPMC in South Central Pa. offers discounted ImPACT clinics throughout the year as well as for local sports teams and organizations. Please call one of our locations for more information.
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