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ImPACT Testing

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All Rochester student-athletes who participate in a sport that is either a collision or contact sport will have ImPACT testing available to them.

The ImPACT Test Comes in Two Forms
  1. Baseline Test – Administered by a physician, nurse, athletic trainer, athletic director, or coach before the start of a sport season, employment period, 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.
  2. Post-Injury Test – Administered after a concussion is suspected. A licensed healthcare provider compares test results to baseline scores and/or normative data scores.
Use ImPACT Pre- and Post-Diagnosis

ImPACT is not a diagnostic tool. Only a licensed healthcare professional can diagnose and treat a concussion. Instead, ImPACT can be used before and after a licensed healthcare provider has determined that a concussion has occurred:

  • In addition to establishing neurocognitive performance baselines, healthcare providers use ImPACT test scores as an important component of their assessment of an injury.
  • Post-injury test scores may be used by a licensed provider to inform an effective concussion treatment course of action.
  • ImPACT may be administered multiple times after a clinician has diagnosed a concussion—scores can be used to help measure rehabilitation and to consider whether to return an injured individual back to activity.
Here’s How ImPACT Works
  • 25-minute online test for ages 12-59
  • Delivered via a secure web portal
  • Taken via a desktop computer (PC and Mac compatible) that has an internet connection and a mouse
  • Administered in the presence of a physician, nurse, athletic trainer, athletic director, or coach (only a licensed healthcare provider can administer an ImPACT post-injury test)
Information You Need and Data You Can Trust

When ImPACT is delivered in a controlled environment according to recommended specifications, it provides highly reliable neurocognitive data:

  • Measures attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time
  • Records current severity of 22 concussion symptoms via a 7-point Likert scale
  • Detects and flags attempts to manipulate test scores
  • Produces a comprehensive report of test results in a .pdf format
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