What Is ImPACT Concussion Testing?

Q:
What is ImPACT concussion testing?

A:
Developed by UPMC’s concussion experts, the ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tools set a baseline for normal functioning brain activities.

They’re the most effective tools for comparing a person’s neurocognitive state before a concussion occurs. The computer-based ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tests take about 25 minutes to complete.

They look at and record many aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive state, such as:

  • Verbal and visual memory.
  • Brain processing speed.
  • Reaction time.

The ImPACT and Pediatric ImPACT tests alone do not diagnose a concussion. Experts use these tools:

  • To get baseline data when a player is in a non-concussed or “normal” state.
  • As part of a complete assessment process to manage head injuries more accurately.

UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program neuropsychologists advise baseline concussion testing for children:

  • Ages 12 and under — each year.
  • Ages 13 and older — every two years.

Visit the ImPACT website to learn more:

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