In recent years, there has been a significant amount of research performed concerning sports-related concussions in high school student-athletes. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is committed to the health and safety of the student-athletes, and has partnered with Manistique Area Schools. This partnership will allow Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital to provide an optional ImPact test for our students at no cost.
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a research-based software tool utilized to evaluate recovery after a concussion is suspected. ImPACT is currently being utilized by many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs throughout the country. The exam is used to properly diagnose and manage concussions.
The test is non-invasive computerized exam which is set up and a video game format. The test takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. Essentially the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain, it is not an IQ test.
Manistique Area Schools’ students, aged 12-19, were offered a baseline exam during the school day the week of October 22-26, 2018. If a concussion is suspected at any time, the student will then retake the test. Both the baseline test and the post injury test data will be evaluated by the student’s Healthcare Provider of choice or our ImPACT team. Through this process these healthcare professionals will determine when return to play is appropriate and safe for the injured student.
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and Manistique Area Schools are continually striving to keep your student’s health and safety at the forefront of any athletic experience. We are excited to use the ImPACT program as it will provide us with the best available means of managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. All students must have a completed permission slip and have appropriate signatures before any ImPACT testing can be performed. ImPACT testing will be provided every year.
•A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results in temporary loss of normal brain function.
•Bump, blow, jolt to head
•Hit to body causing head and brain to move rapidly back and forth
•ImPACT stands for-Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing
•It is an online test given in a controlled environment.
•There are two parts to the test:
•baseline testing (everyone gets this)
•post-injury testing (if you have a head injury)
•The baseline testing is recommended to be completed every year
•The post-injury testing is used to decide when a student can safely return to play
•Repeat testing may be needed after a head injury to ensure at least an improvement to 80% of the baseline test