ImPACT Concussion Baseline Test
UnityPoint Health - Meriter is proud to offer ImPACT Concussion Baseline testing for athletes who are 11 years or older. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is a user-friendly, online computer-based neurocognitive testing program that helps determine concussion severity, as well as if and when it is safe for an athlete to return to sports.
ImPACT is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is currently being used with many high school, collegiate and professional athletes, including the UW Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.
The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
Prior to injury, athletes take a baseline test. In the event of a concussion, the athlete can then be re-tested by a professional with ImPACT training and the results are compared to their original readings. This information is then used in conjunction with a full neurological exam to determine if and when an athlete can safely return to play, therefore reducing further risk of injury.
The ImPACT Baseline test are for patients 11 years and older who have not sustained an injury. Appointments take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Baseline testing does not require a physician visit and is valid for 2 years after it is complete.
ImPACT Baseline tests are not covered by most insurance plans. Consult with your insurance company if you have questions about coverage.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment, please contact Rehabilitation Medicine at the Monona Clinic, (608) 417-6175.