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ImPACT Testing Now at TheraSport Physical Therapy

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ImPACT is the abbreviation for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.  It is a computerized test which takes approximately 20 minutes to administer.  The ImPACT test measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.  Testing can be administered online for individuals or groups and a proctor should be present throughout all group testing.

Baseline testing is the administration of the ImPACT to the athlete who has not suffered a concussion.  Baseline testing should be repeated every 2 years in the growing child due to brain maturation.  It is most important for contact/collision athletes and athletes with high risk for falls.  These sports include, but are not limited to, football, hockey, gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  Concussions can happen anywhere, anytime–gym class, school playgrounds or even your own backyard. Although normative data is available, it is significantly less accurate than baseline testing.

TheraSport is currently offering individual baseline testing at our Washington Township location on Delsea Drive and group testing through one of our local school’s computer labs.  Location, dates and times to be announced.

 

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