Schools, Club Teams and Organizations
Concussions are a major healthcare issue and current legislation – coupled with increased awareness – has resulted in increased accountability all for schools, clubs and teams. By administering the ImPACT program and working with healthcare professionals trained by ImPACT, you can assure the highest level of care for your teams – from baseline testing to treatment and safe return to play.
It's easy and affordable to take the ImPACT baseline test, and you'll have confidence in knowing you're using a state-of-the-art, scientifically validated program. The ImPACT Concussion Management Model may also satisfy concussion management standards mandated in your state or locality.
As an ImPACT administrator, you'll be able to participate in our ongoing training, gain full access to the most innovative concussion management tools and work in cooperation with our network of ImPACT trained CICs (Credentialed ImPACT Consultant) healthcare providers.
ImPACT is the industry leader and is trusted by teams and organizations around the world. By becoming an ImPACT administrator, you are demonstrating leadership and commitment to your athletes and members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the ImPACT Concussion Management Model pages on our site to learn more.
- Measures player symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time measured to a 1/100th of second
- Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Produces a comprehensive report of test results
- Results are presented as a PDF file and can be emailed
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing
- Testing is administered online for individuals or groups
- Compatible with PC and MAC
The test modules consist of a near infinite number of alternate forms by randomly varying the stimulus array for each administration. This feature was built in to the program to minimize the "practice effects" that have limited the usefulness of more traditional neurocognitive tests.
The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
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An Athletic Trainer, Physician, Nurse, Neuropsychologist, Sports Medicine Clinician, Psychologist, Coach, Athletic Director can administer the baseline and post injury test. The administrator needs to have taken the test and be familiar with the testing protocol; we also suggest you take our free Getting Started with ImPACT webinar. Although many people can administer the tests, a medical professional who is legally allowed to make the return to play decision must be the one who interprets the post injury test results.
ImPACT has norms for ages 10-59.
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We suggest baselines for all athletes. Some schools only test contact sports based on the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. View the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
We suggest that athletes are tested every two years from 6th grade to senior year of high school. In college, athletes should only be tested once. At the professional level, each athlete should be tested once. ImPACT has normative data from age 10 to 59.
ImPACT has a large amount of normative data available for athletes 10 and older, so if an athlete does not have a baseline they still should receive a post injury test. Our program allows you to compare the athletes post injury test to individuals like themselves to help provide an additional assessment tool to their medical licensed provider.
ImPACT has always wanted MD's, DO's, PhD's in Neuropsychology or Psychology, PA's and NP's to make the final return to play decision. You will also want to consult any state laws that may affect the RTP decision process.
ImPACT is strongly opposed to "home based" testing and testing that is not appropriately supervised by a professional. Concussion is a brain injury and parents and other professionals who are not trained in concussion management should not be in a position of making decisions about return to play based on a neurocognitive test such as ImPACT.
ImPACT is very affordable. In fact, the cost of the program for an entire school is equivalent to the cost of a few football helmets. ImPACT was created with the goal of making the program affordable for any school or organization.