Sports medicine professionals recommend baseline testing for all contact and collision sport athletes 12 years and older to help identify, evaluate and manage a concussion if an injury occurs. The Baystate Sports Concussion Clinic uses the ImPACTT test. Developed at the University of Pittsburgh, ImPACT is now employed by all major professional sports leagues, division I colleges, and many high schools, as part of a comprehensive evaluation and management protocol. Dr. Zachary Marowitz, the clinic's neuropsychologist, is a Certified ImPACT Consultant.
This low-cost test, which takes about 30 minutes, measures the athlete's cognitive abilities in multiple domains prior to an injury. The results can help the sports concussion team understand the extent of the injury and its impact on the health and functioning of the athlete. This enables the team to better diagnose and treat concussion. Because injuries can occur during practice as well as in competition, the athlete should take the baseline test before contact, drills begin.
The sports concussion clinic team can help schools/programs, etc., establish a testing protocol and oversee baseline testing in an environment that ensures reliable and meaningful results when needed.