McLeod Sports Medicine uses a scientifically-validated concussion evaluation system to help spot concussions early and prevent long-term damage. The Assessment tool – Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) – represents the first, most widely used tool to record an athlete’s baseline. The program measures cognitive function, attention, memory, reaction time and visual processing speed. Every level of competition from middle schools to the Olympics utilizes ImPACT testing.
Athletes undergo initial 20-minute testing. In the event of a concussion, Sports Medicine specialists compare a new test to the original results. This test has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. ImPACT is utilized at every level of competition from middle schools to the Olympic levels. Athletes cannot return to play until they are symptom free and have returned to their baseline score, reducing potential for further injury and long-term damage.
There are many notable signs and symptoms that someone has suffered a concussion. Coaches and parents should watch for these signs and symptoms. (Contact a physician if ANY of the following exist)