ImPACT Resources for Parents and Athletes
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool to help licensed healthcare providers evaluate and manage a suspected concussion. ImPACT is the industry leader in concussion management and trusted by teams and organizations around the world.
ImPACT comes in two forms:
- Baseline Test – Administered by a physician, nurse, athletic trainer, athletic director, or coach before the start of a sport season, school year, or other activity. Baseline scores are collected and stored on our HIPAA compliant server. ImPACT recommends re-administering the baseline test every two years.
- Post-Injury Test – Administered by a licensed healthcare provider when a concussion is suspected. Test results are compared to baseline scores and/or normative data scores as part of a healthcare provider's assessment of the injury. Multiple post-injury tests may be given to an individual during the course of treatment and rehabilitation.
Can I take/give the ImPACT test at home?
ImPACT is not designed to be an at-home test and ImPACT does not support home-based testing. ImPACT should always be administered in an appropriate environment and closely monitored by a trained test administrator.
Top Actions for Parents and Students:
- Download the Free ImPACT Passport Mobile App
ImPACT Passport is a mobile app that enables ImPACT Test takers to store their Passport ID – the secure personal identification code provided after completing an ImPACT baseline test. You can take your data with you to any ImPACT licensed physician to manage ImPACT baseline and post injury test results and record symptoms.
- Find an ImPACT-Trained Care Provider
Click here to find an ImPACT Care Provider in your area for baseline and post-injury testing.
- Understand ImPACT's Concussion Management Model
The ImPACT Concussion Management Model promotes the highest level of care and a safe return to play for athletes of all ages. Click here to see the recommended steps for a concussion management process.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Concussions are very difficult to diagnose and symptoms may not appear immediately. Children, teens, and athletes of any age or level may be reluctant to admit or address the possibility of a concussion, either because the effects are so subtle or because they may want to return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Click here for a list of signs and symptoms from the CDC.