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ImPACT

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an FDA-cleared, computerized concussion management tool.
ImPACT

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an FDA-cleared, computerized concussion management tool for individuals ages 12-59. Our providers use ImPACT during the evaluation and management of a suspected concussion to help detect changes in neurocognitive function. ImPACT measures cognitive skills and abilities most likely to be affected by concussion, including:

  • Visual and Verbal Memory

  • Visual Motor Speed

  • Reaction Time

  • Impulse Control

A comprehensive report is available to medical providers after the ImPACT test is completed, and can help gauge the level of any impairments. The best-case scenario is that baseline ImPACT concussion test results will be available to your provider at the time of your appointment, so that he or she can compare pre- and post-injury testing scores. When baseline scores are not available, your physician can use population averages based on your age and gender to help determine the best course of treatment after a concussion.

How long does the ImPACT test take to complete?

ImPACT testing takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.

How is the ImPACT test taken?

The ImPACT test is taken on a computer using a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Some schools give ImPACT testing in group settings such as in a library or computer lab to establish a baseline. At the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center, ImPACT is taken in private exam rooms both at baseline and after a concussion, and is administered by an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT).

Can I fail an ImPACT test?

No, an ImPACT test is not like a test taken in school and cannot be "failed". The test is simply used to establish personal measures of cognitive abilities that are sometimes affected by a concussion. However, if you do not give your best effort during testing, the test may be flagged as invalid.

Is ImPACT testing covered by insurance?

When the ImPACT test is used during a post-injury concussion exam, the test is typically covered by insurance. When an ImPACT test is given to a healthy individual to establish a baseline, the test is not reviewed by a physician, and is not covered by insurance. Individuals can purchase an ImPACT test for $15 through the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.

Click here to schedule an ImPACT baseline test, or visit our home page for a list of baseline testing nights near you. For more information on ImPACT, go to www.impacttest.com.

Baseline Testing

Baseline Testing

Assessments of balance, vision, memory, attention, and more that measure how the brain functions prior to a head injury. These tests are compared to post-injury scores following a concussion.
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