The Rothman Institute is currently offering an innovative program for student-athletes called ImPACT. ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a software tool which includes a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school programs across the country to successfully manage concussion. In our program, the computerized exam will be given to student-athletes before beginning contact sports practice or competition to establish a personal baseline. This non-invasive screening is set up in a “video game type” format and can be taken at home. Each athlete will be sent a code via email to complete the baseline test. It is a simple exercise which tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed time, speed and concentration. It is not an IQ test and this initial baseline is NOT used for diagnosis of any kind. Rather, it simply serves as a baseline point of comparison to be used after a concussion is suspected.
If a concussion is suspected, the athlete may then go to a CIC (Credentialed ImPACT Consultant) physician at the Rothman Institute or another center and retake the computerized exam. Then both the baseline and the post-injury test can be used by the physician to help evaluate the injury. The test data will be a factor in the determination whether return to play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete. We are excited to offer this program and to offer a baseline exam for student-athletes to measure against post-injury. Please review the attached consent form and return with the appropriate signature(s If you have any further questions, please contact Jessica Kempa at (267) 463-2288.