ImPACT Testing Program
The ImPACT® program is used by professional and amateur athletes around the world!
Frequently Asked Questions
Consent and Authorization Form
ImPACT® is a 20-minute test, scientifically validated to measure the effects of a concussion. Before the season begins, an athlete is administered a baseline test. If a concussion is suspected during the season, the test is administered again and used to see if the results have changed from the baseline test.
Recognized as the “gold standard” for neuro-cognitive testing, ImPACT® is used by the NFL, NHL, NCAA and thousands of high schools across the nation.
The hospital is offering the initial baseline testing to students at Breese, Carlyle, Wesclin, Okawville, Nashville and Greenville high schools , as well as student athletes at Greenville College and Kaskaskia College. To be eligible for testing at no cost, student athletes must participate in an IHSA-sanctioned contact sport, such as football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer.
Each school district will determine if testing will be required for their student athletes, and will be announcing on-campus testing dates in the near future. It is important to note that a parent or guardian must sign a permission form before testing can be administered.
The issue of concussions among student athletes has gained serious attention in the past year, both in the news media and in the state legislature. Of much concern has been antiquated notions of what a concussion is, and how it should be treated.
A concussion is a brain injury that causes a disruption in the function of the brain caused by a direct or indirect force to the head. It results in a variety of symptoms that could involve memory problems or loss of consciousness. Other symptoms may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, confusion and slurred speech.
Should an athlete be suspected of suffering a concussion, St. Joseph’s Hospital has two physicians that are Board Certified or Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine, as well as being Credentialed ImPACT® Consultants – Dr. Brian Klostermann and Dr. David Neighbors.Once our medical team determines that cognitive function of the brain is within normal ranges, our physicians will allow a gradual return to physical activity. This return-to-play process will be supervised by the individual school’s Certified Athletic Trainer.
For more information about ImPACT® concussion testing, please call the hospital at 618.526.5630, or look on the web at www.impacttest.com
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