Neurocognitive testing is performed as part of concussion management. The testing has an increased value in management when post-injury performance is compared with the individuals own pre-injury performance as opposed to average values of clinical trial test subjects. We utilize ImPACT in the office to conduct the neurocognitive testing portion of concussion management. As part of our concussion management program we encourage our student athletes to obtain a “baseline” test. This is often done in the athletes school and if the school utilizes the ImPACT test for such, we would simply need their “Passport ID” to obtain the full test report. If this is not performed at the athletes school, we can administer the baseline testing in our office. The baseline testing involves measuring visual and verbal memory, reaction time and processing speed through completion of numerous tasks. The purpose is to get an objective measurement of how well and how quickly your child’s brain is managing information.
Remember, baseline testing must be done before a head injury occurs – so a great time to schedule it is before a sports season starts. Testing is available by appointment only Tuesday-Friday from 8am – 5pm. For children 5-11 years of age, the test takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. For children 12 and up, the test takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.