ImPACT Program is now available at Dedham Medical Associates
For more information, or to schedule a test, please call Dedham Medical Associates Pediatrics at (781) 329-1400.
Concussion is a mild brain injury that commonly occurs in childhood. It may cause confusion, dizziness, vomiting, memory loss and headache. Occasionally people lose consciousness with concussion, but not always. A concussion can happen when a person is hit on the face, head or neck, or their head or upper body is shaken too hard. Children with concussion who return to physical activity or school before their brain has recovered are at risk for worsening their symptoms. Sustaining another concussion before the brain is healed can lead to serious brain problems.
The ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test is a computerized neurocognitive exam that is used to help determine if a person has a concussion. It is also used to track recovery for safe return to sports. The test is similar to playing a video game. Memory and reaction time are evaluated in the test. Testing is available for all pediatric patients 11 years of age and older.
Many high schools and colleges offer athletes baseline ImPACT testing before sports begin. Younger athletes usually need to find baseline testing on their own. If the athlete gets a concussion during the season, ImPACT testing post injury may be done to help manage and follow their recovery. The post-injury test is compared to the baseline test to help determine when it is safe to return to sports.
We are excited to bring this valuable tool to our pediatric patients at Dedham Medical Associates.
April 11, 2012, Updated October 23, 2012