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Southdale Pediatrics is currently implementing an innovative program for our patient–athletes. This program will assist our physicians in evaluating and treating head injuries (e.g., concussion). In order to better manage concussions sustained by our patient-athletes, we have acquired a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.) ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions.If a patient-athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of the head injury and when the injury has fully recovered.
The computerized exam is given to athletes 10 years of age and older before beginning contact sport practice or competition. ImPACT testing should be done every 2 years. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test.
If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be required to re-take the test, sometimes multiple times, to monitor recovery. Both the preseason and post-injury test data are used to evaluate the injury. The information gathered will be shared with your doctor here at Southdale Pediatrics. The test data will enable your physician to determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete.
We wish to stress that the ImPACT testing procedures are non-invasive, and they pose no risks to your child. We are excited to implement this program given that it provides us the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with concussions. Southdale Pediatrics is striving to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of the athletic experience.
To schedule assessment call 952-278-6939. Print the consent form, sign and return at the time of testing. If you have any further questions regarding this program please feel free to contact our nurse line at 952-831-4454 or visit impacttest.com.