What is Baseline and Post Injury Testing?

Will I or my child be okay?

More than likely, you or your child will be just fine. Most individuals who have sustained a concussion make a complete recovery with no complications. However, it is crucial that anyone with a concussion is diagnosed and treated properly, and that he or she avoids physical and mental exertion for the period of time recommended by their doctor.

Some individuals with concussions do develop more serious complications. It might be months before they regain normal brain function and feel “like themselves” again. This is especially true of anyone who experiences a second concussion when they have not fully recovered from their first.

If you or your child has suffered a possible concussion, the most important thing you can do to maximize the chance of a full recovery is to seek immediate medical treatment. Always follow prescribed recommendations for rest, monitoring and follow-up care. And, if you or your child plays sports, be sure to adhere to the restrictions and gradual schedule for return to play outlined by a trained clinician specializing in concussion.

What is neurocognitive testing?

ImPACT® is an FDA-approved, computerized exam used by healthcare, educational, and sports organizations to help assess and manage concussions. ImPACT® is utilized as an online tool for baseline and post-injury testing that measures visual and verbal memory, reaction time, and processing speed to help determine if a patient (ages 5-70) can safely return to activity. Pediatric (5-11) and Quick Test (QT) versions are also available.

Where are ImPACT tests administered?

Baseline and post-injury tests are approved to be taken at home or at one of our select HeadFirst locations under the direction of our concussion specialists. Scheduling is based upon availability. Call 1-855-748-4868 (SIT IT OUT) or schedule online.

Why should I or my child take an ImPACT baseline test?

To document individual healthy brain functions. A baseline test assesses how an individual’s brain functions without injury. In the event of an injury, the data is compared to post-injury test results to help a clinician determine concussion treatment decisions.

What age group is appropriate for taking ImPACT baseline and post-injury tests?

HeadFirst offers baseline and post-injury tests to individuals (age 5 - 70) at the recommendation of our concussion specialists.

How long does it take to take the test?

Most people finish a baseline and post-injury test in less than 30 minutes

What is it like to take the test?

This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format in front of a computer or tablet.

What does the test measure?

The test measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning, including attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time.

Who will administer the test?

HeadFirst-trained personnel will administer the ImPACT test, along with oversight from our clinical specialists.

Are there any risks associated with taking the test?

ImPACT testing is non-invasive and poses no risk.

How much does it cost to take the test?

The fee for a single ImPACT baseline test is $35, which covers administrative costs. The cost is payable at the time of your appointment. Team testing discounts are available by calling 1-855-748-4868 (SIT IT OUT) for details. For post-injury tests, as a part of our medical evaluation, please review your insurance benefits for information regarding coverage under your plan.

How can I access a copy of my ImPACT baseline test results for post-injury comparison?

To request a copy of your ImPACT baseline test results, please contact info@myheadfirst.com or 1-855-748-4868 (SIT IT OUT).

How long are the results accurate?

We suggest that athletes get an ImPACT baseline test every year up to 8th grade, then every two years from their freshman year of high school. In college, athletes should only be tested once. At the professional level, each athlete should be tested annually.

What if I don't have a baseline test?

ImPACT has a very large amount of normative data available, so if an individual does not have a baseline he or she still should receive a post-injury test as an additional assessment tool for your medical provider.

What if I am interested in having my child’s entire team baseline tested?

For ImPACT team baseline testing, please call 1-855-748-4868 (SIT IT OUT).