ImPACT™ concussion testing
Whether you or your kids participate in recreational or organized sports, or you are just living an active lifestyle, concussions are a possibility. ImPACT (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is available to help figure out when it's best to return to activity.
What it is
ImPACT Test is a standard tool in the care of concussions. It can have two parts: baseline testing and post-injury testing.
Before you start an activity, we can conduct a baseline test to measure your neurocognitive performance baseline. Then if you sustain an injury, a post-injury test is given and compared to the baseline. An ImPACT baseline test doesn’t reduce the chances of getting a concussion, but it can help assess injury in the event of a future concussion.
If you sustain an injury and don't have a baseline, we can give a post-injury test and compare the results to national norms.
The goal of the ImPACT Test is to measure memory, impulse control and reaction time to get an accurate assessment of brain recovery. This ensures safe decisions are made about when to return to play or activity.
What to expect
The test lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Good to know
ImPACT testing can benefit athletes and those who have received head trauma in car or other types of accidents.
ImPACT testing is available at no cost to student athletes in are schools surrounding Buffalo and New Ulm, Minnesota. It is funded by the charitable foundations at Buffalo Hospital and New Ulm Medical Center.
For other members of those communities or people in our other service locations, there is a nominal charge for the test.
Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
First published: 3/15/2019
Last reviewed: 3/15/2019