Concussions are not part of our gameplan.
A revolutionary software tool that helps physicians successfully diagnose and manage concussions and safely return athletes to their sport is provided by TOH, FWO and the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. Area high school athletes who are part of TOH's Sports Medicine Program, which provides FWO physicians as team doctors to area schools, now have access to ImPACT™, a test that uses computerized neurocognitive assessment tools to help physicians determine the severity of a head injury and when an athlete is ready to return to competition. ImPACT™ is the acronym for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.
Athletes who compete in high-contact sports are given the noninvasive, painless baseline test prior to the beginning of the season at their schools. Athletes receive the baseline test at no charge, thanks to a state-funded grant. This video-game-type test, a physical for the brain, tracks information such as attention span, concentration, memory, nonverbal problem solving, reaction time, response variability and speed. If an athlete is suspected at any time of having a concussion, the athlete will be advised to retake the test under the supervision of an ImPACT-trained physician. The preseason and post-injury data is then analyzed and compared by an ImPACT™ trained and certified physician to evaluate the injury.
For more information, visit impacttest.com.