Impact Testing: Impact testing provides computerized neuro-cognitive assessment tools and services that are used by athletic trainers, doctors and other health professionals to assist them in determining an athlete’s fitness to return to play after suffering a concussion. For more information go to www.impacttest.com
Test: The impact test is an approximately 25 minute computerized tool that creates a base line for the athlete prior to the start of the season. The test measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including: attention span, working memory, selective attention time, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. After a suspected concussion, the athlete re-takes the test to assist in the evaluation of their progress. After any concussion, the athlete will need permission from a doctor and clearance from the athletic trainer to return to participation.
Concussion: A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it.
Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport. Every concussion injures your brain to some extent. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly.
No one should return to play or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present.
Experts recommend that an athlete with a suspected concussion not return to play until he or she has been medically evaluated by a health care professional trained in evaluating and managing concussions.
Experts also recommend that adult, child and adolescent athletes with a concussion not return to play on the same day as the injury.