ImPACT Concussion Management
UW Health Sports Medicine
has expanded its concussion treatment program by offering ImPACT concussion management to local and regional athletes.
What is ImPACT Concussion Management?
ImPACT is a user-friendly computer-based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussion that records an athlete's health history, current symptoms and neuropsychological data. The test takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
A large number of sports teams,
including the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers and the University of Wisconsin Badgers, use ImPACT for concussion assessement.
Taking the Baseline Test
Athletes should take the baseline test, which evaluates the athlete's reaction time, concentration and memory with a series of questions, prior to head injury. That way, should head injury occur, UW Health Sports Medicine physicians will be able to compare pre-injury and post-injury test results.
The minimum age requirement to take the baseline test is 12 years of age. We do not recommend anyone under the age of 12 take the baseline test, as the post-injury test data gathered from athletes younger than 12 is unreliable. In addition, the test can be very challenging for kids younger than 12.
If your school or organization does not offer ImPACT baseline tests, the UW Health Sports Medicine Clinic offers athletes the opportunity to take the test. The cost is $20 and can be paid via cash, check, or credit card upon arrival at our clinic. To schedule a baseline test with UW Health Sports Medicine, please call (608) 265-8886. Baseline tests are administered Wednesday mornings at the Sports Medicine Clinic.
Contacting UW Health Sports Medicine After Concussion
Athletes who have sustained concussions can call UW Health Sports Medicine at (608) 263-8850 to schedule an ImPACT post-injury assessment. These appointments with Sports Medicine staff should be scheduled after athletes have suffered injury, and UW Health Sports Medicine encourages athletes to schedule a baseline test prior to injury.
|Dr. David Bernhardt discusses concussion management.
UW Health Sports Medicine physicians can use the ImPACT test to compare the post-concussion ImPACT results against pre-injury test results or normative data, which provides objective information to assist in developing a treatment plan and to ensure the athlete's safety.
The Sports Medicine ImPACT assessment, scheduled after injury, often is covered by insurance, depending on your policy.