CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING PROGRAM & INFORMATION (link below)
Team Managers, Coaches, Parents and Players,
We at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine are trying to get a jump-start on ImPACT Baseline testing for the upcoming hockey season. Many of you are familiar with this program. For those of you that are unfamiliar we have provided a brief synopsis below:
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT is a sophisticated, research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an individual’s or athlete’s recovery following concussion. ImPACT is a 20-minute neurocognitive test battery that has been scientifically validated to measure the effects of sports related concussion. In the preseason, each athlete is given a baseline test. And when a concussion is suspected, during the season, a follow-up test is administered to see if the results have changed from the baseline. This comparison helps clinicians to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so clinicians can continue to track the individual’s or athletes recover from the injury.
Why use ImPACT?
ImPACT can help clinicians answer difficult questions about an individual’s or athlete’s readiness to return to play, protecting them from the potentially serious consequences of returning too soon. While traditional neurological and radiological procedures such as CT and MRI are helpful in identifying serious brain injuries (e.g., skull fractures, hematomas), they are ineffective at identifying the effects of a concussion. Consequently, clinicians must often rely on subjective observations or patient self-reports to diagnose and track a concussion. This is where ImPACT can help.
Because the preseason/offseason is the best time to administer ImPACT Baseline testing, we are encouraging new and returning players to test during the summer. If a player is currently playing a collision sport like hockey, it is best to wait until there is at least a 2 week break without contact. Any athlete who did not take the ImPACT Baseline test last year is encouraged to test. Testing is good for two years, therefore if a player tested two years ago, they need a new baseline. Kids get smarter and their baseline scores will change. Team managers are encouraged to reach out to me directly if you have any questions about your roster and who has tested. The link below will take you to the AT&T HS Hockey League Documents page. In the lower left hand corner, click on the Home Baseline Testing PowerPoint presentation for directions about testing. My contact information is included for those who have questions. We are already looking forward to another great season. Thank you. Click HERE ===> LINK