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Mar, 2017

Free ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing for 5th-6th Grade WYSI Athletes (2017-18)

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OrthoIndy has partnered with St. Vincent Sports Performance to provide ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing. OrthoIndy and St. Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP), along with Westfield Youth Sports Inc, (WYSI), take your child's health and well-being very seriously. For this reason, SVSP will be conducting ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing free of charge to 5th and 6th grade (2017-18 school year) athletes participating in WYSI athletics. Testing will be conducted by Stacie Feltz, the Concussion Program Coordinator and Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer for St. Vincent Sports Performance. Testing will occur on March 28 and April 11.

What is ImPACT Baseline Testing?

ImPact is a validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Baseline tests measure reaction time, memory capacity, speed of mental processing and executive functioning of the brain. ImPACT baseline results can be used as part of the evaluation, if your child sustains a head injury resulting in a concussion. The testing gives physicians a “baseline” of how your child’s brain functions prior to a head injury. Knowing this information can assist in planning an effective rehabilitation program. As a preventative measure, these baseline tests are typically taken prior to a sport season when an athlete has not yet had exposure to training and/or competition. In the event a concussion is received during the season, the same test ("post-injury") is taken again by the athlete, yielding comparative scores from before and after the injury. They also record baseline concussion symptoms and provide extensive information about the athlete's history with concussions. NOTE: Baseline testing information is valid for 2 years. It is NOT recommended for an athlete to have a new test more than 1 time in a 2 year period.

Who is eligible for WYSI ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing?

All 5th-6th grade (2017-18 school year) WYSI athletes. Athletes must be 10 years of age or older to take the test.

How long does the ImPACT test take?

The testing will take approximately 45-50 minutes. It is a non-invasive “video-gaming” format that measures 1) attention span, 2) working memory, 3) sustained and selective attention time, 4) response variability, 5) non-verbal solving, 6) reaction time.

What do I do if I suspect my child has a concussion?

If your child exhibits signs or symptoms of a concussion, you may contact Stacie for further instruction, initial evaluation and referral to a physician trained in assessing concussions. SVSP recommends physicians certified by Athletes Concussion Alliance, as they are trained to retest and interpret the results.

What to bring to the ImPact Testing?

  • If your child takes ADD/ADHD medicine, we suggest they have it on the day of testing so that they can sit still and focus as to not interrupt or disturb other test takers.
  • Send a list of ANY medication that your child may be taking at the time. This includes: allergy medicine, acne medicine, narcotics, anti-depressants, antibiotics, etc.
  • If your child wears glasses, make sure they have them present.

ImPact Testing Details

Location: Westfield Middle School Computer Lab (enter south main entrance)

Date: Tuesday, March 28 (select a date below to register)

 

Date: Tuesday, April, 11 (select a date below to register)

 

If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Feltz

Stacie Y. Feltz LAT, ATC
Concussion Program Coordinator
765-730-1867
Stacie.Feltz@stvincent.org