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ImPACT Concussion

One of the few Credentialed IMPACT Consultants on the West Coast of Florida
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CMPS now provides the area’s only true comprehensive concussion evaluation and management program.

Using the ImPACT Concussion Evaluation Protocol, and as a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant, CMPS now provides a state-of-the art approach to assessing and managing concussion.

This team approach involves Neuropsychology, Neurology, Primary Care, Athletic Trainers, and School staff to provide assessment of concussion severity, recovery, ongoing monitoring, and scientific guidelines for the most appropriate time to return-to-play and return-to-school.

Concussion is a common injury, but is often difficult to diagnose and treat. ImPACT provides your sports medicine clinician with information that can help take the guesswork out of concussion management and promote safe return-to-play decisions for your athletes.

Concussion is one of the most serious and prevalent medical problems at the high school level. Proper management of concussion is the best form of prevention of serious injury. ImPACT
provides information regarding the severity of injury and a standard for evaluating recovery from injury.

Proper management of concussion is the best form of prevention of serious injury.

What is ImPACT?

ImPACT is a sophisticated, research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following concussion. The program begins with a 20-minute test battery administered in the preseason for a baseline, and includes puzzles and tasks that measure a variety of factors. When a concussion is suspected, a follow-up test is administered to see if the results have changed from the baseline. This comparison helps to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so you can continue to track the injury.

ImPACT program evaluates and documents multiple aspects of neurocognitive functioning, including memory, attention span, brain processing speed, reaction time, and post-concussive symptoms. The user-friendly injury documentation system enables you to track the injury from the field and through the recovery process.

Why use ImPACT?

ImPACT can help answer difficult questions about an athlete’s readiness to return to play, protecting him or her from the serious consequences of returning too soon. While traditional neurological and radiologic procedures such as CT, MRI, and EEG are helpful in identifying many serious concerns (e.g. skull fracture, hematoma, contusion), they are not as useful in identifying the effects of concussion. As a result, doctors often must rely on subjective observations or a patient’s self-reporting of symptoms to diagnose and track a concussion. This is where ImPACT can help.

Using ImPACT to implement baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing can help you objectively evaluate the concussed athlete’s post-injury condition and recovery to prevent the cumulative effects of concussion. And in the event that baseline testing is not possible, ImPACT has a normative database of thousands of non-injured athletes, which can also be used for effective comparison.

Who is behind ImPACT?

Mark Lovell, PhD, ABPN, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael Collins, PhD, founded ImPACT in 2002. These professionals are world leaders in the field of concussion management and are committed to the ongoing development of advanced concussion management tools. ImPACT team members have dedicated the past 15 years to the scientific study of sports-related concussion and the clinical application of this knowledge throughout professional and amateur sports.

ImPACT offers concussion management services at more than 1,000 high schools, 300 colleges, 250 sports medicine centers, and for professional teams throughout the world.

“ImPACT has proven to be an absolutely indispensable tool at our school. The more complete information obtained through ImPACT means I never have to second guess if I’m being too aggressive or conservative in returning athletes to play.”

C.A, LATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Sheffield, MA

For More Information on ImPACT Testing, Call Comprehensive Medpsych Systems at 941.363.0878

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