ImPACT™ Baseline Testing for Concussion Prevention & Management
A concussion is a traumatic injury caused when the brain violently moves within the skull injuring brain cells. The experts at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) offer educational programs and testing to prevent concussions and treat concussions should one occur. OPRMC uses ImPACT™, a neurocognitive test developed by the University of Pittsburgh Neurosciences Center. It is the most widely used test and currently the choice of the MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS and NFL.
ImPACT helps physicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following a concussion. In the preseason, each athlete is given a baseline test. Should a concussion occur, a follow-up test may be administered to see if results have changed from the baseline.
The concussion management program helps ensure a culture of “Safety First,” and is a significant part of ORPMC’s commitment to student athletes.
The ImPACT testing provides physicians a comparison between baseline and post injury. This helps your doctor to diagnose and manage the concussion. It can also help your physician answer difficult questions about an athlete’s readiness to return to play.
Any child, age 10 and up, is eligible for testing, which is recommended every two years.
Baseline Testing and Injury Hotline
To make an appointment for Baseline Testing or for questions concerning an injury, call (913) 541-3365 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baseline testing takes about 45 minutes and will typically take place on the Overland Park Regional Medical Center campus. For more information about ImPACT testing, visit Impacttest.com.
- Lori A Boyajian-Oneill, DO
- David D Dyck, Jr, DO
Watch a video on concussions (via the CDC).