ImPACT Review

We have spoke about neurocognitive testing on here, even highlighting some of the tests like Concussion Vital Signs and Axon Sports.  But the test/technology really has been thrust forward by the ImPACT program.  It is of my opinion that each test provides unique advantages, what is key to remember is that these are “tools” that health care providers (athletic trainers) can use to identify both the severity and lasting effects of the injury.  To help explain it a bit further is an article from

Bednerek is excited to have the software as another tool. She estimated that Glenbard West has given 300 to 400 baseline tests and five to 10 post-injury tests.

Perhaps, the greatest benefit it she no longer has to rely on the word of an athlete, who often will say anything to get back on the field or court.

“Even now, so many kids lie to you so they can come back and they say ‘I’m fine, I’m fine’ and that they don’t have headaches or anything,” said Bednarek. “But then they take the test and their reaction time is slower and their memory is slower. The test really gives you a more concrete answer to when a kid can return.”

The common theme amongst all the different tests is to find out how the cerebral function of the brain is handling the insult/trauma.  These tests can measure core functions like visual and verbal memory but they also go deeper into brain function and assessing reaction time and deeper level memory.  As the article states and I want to make perfectly clear, this is not a “golden bullet” in determining severity or return to play status, but it sure is handy to have a good tool to assess where they person is at a given time.

If you are interested in using these tools you should “shop” around and find what product will suit you the best; both in terms of time/usage and cost.  We will continue to run stories and highlight the products as the get passed along to us.