Baseline Concussion Testing
Baseline testing is a measure of an athlete’s performance in various areas, which is then used for comparison during an injury evaluation. There are many different ways to approach baseline testing, with the most widely used being ImPACT. At The Sports Neurology Clinic at IBJI we have taken the next step and now offer Neurological Pre-Participation Evaluations tailored to you or your athlete.
ImPACT Baseline Testing
ImPACT is a computerized test that assesses the following aspects of cognitive function: attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. It also assesses concussion symptoms and severity of those symptoms. While ImPACT testing is not diagnostic, having an understanding of your child’s baseline abilities is beneficial when the clinician is making return to activity decisions after a concussion. The test will take approximately 30 minutes.
At no point will the ImPACT test assess the level of skill or ability, and will not be used to determine the level of play, performance, or amount of participation. IBJI will appropriately store test results and comply with applicable legal requirements relating to protected Private Healthcare Information policies.
Complimentary ImPACT testing is offered by appointment only at the below listed IBJI Rehabilitation locations.
Neurological Pre-Participation Evaluations
Taking pre-season baseline testing to the next level, the Neurological Pre-Participation Evaluation (Neuro PPE) is an in-depth assessment of your athlete’s neurological function. This will include a review of neurological history including any previous concussions, a detailed neurological exam and recommendations for optimizing long-term brain health. At this time we offer two versions of Neuro PPE’s:
Neuro PPE Screening: Intended for healthy, contact sport athletes. This screening evaluation is recommended to be completed once every two years, unless there is a change to the athlete’s medical history or the athlete had a suspected/confirmed concussion within the past year.
Neuro PPE Plus: Equivalent to a comprehensive new patient visit in our clinic and is recommended if the athlete has a history of one or more of the following:
- Multiple concussions or concussion with prolonged recovery
- Migraine or other headache disorder