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Call us today to take the ImPACT™ Test

Our current ImPACT™ Testing System Schedule:

Concussion/Baseline ImPACT Community Seminar :
Tuesday November 19, 2013 at 7pm
For Parents, Students and Faculty
By Jennifer Liss, DPT, Cert in Vest Rehab; Dr. Mike Wolf, MD Sports MD

Orchard Valley Middle School
238 Pitman-Downer Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

Current group test dates are:
Saturday Morning Group Testing only at Sewell, NJ Location
10 or more individuals – $30.00 per test
20 or more individuals – $25.00 per test
(Please call 856.256.8393 to schedule)

TheraSport Physical Therapy
14 Parke Place Blvd Suite D  
Sewell, NJ 08080

Individual ImPact testing: (By appointment only)
Tuesday evenings beginning at 5pm (Sewell Location)
Wednesday evenings beginning at 5pm (Merchantville Location)

(Please call 856.256.8393 to schedule)
$35 fee due at time of test. Cash, check or credit card accepted.

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Helpful Back-To-School Tips from TheraSport Physical Therapy!


Do you know how much your child’s backpack weighs? According to the APTA if it’s more than 15 percent of his or her body weight, then it could hurt your child’s back. Millions of students in the United States carry backpacks to and from school, often overloaded with books, supplies and equipment.  Weight of the backpack and improper use can result in injury to the skeletally immature child.

During adolescence kids are going through growth spurts and so their bones and posture are vulnerable to injury.  Injury can result when a child carrying a heavy backpack uses bad posture or shifts there weight abnormally to adapt a heavy load.  These adaptations can cause pain from disk injury, improper spinal alignment and deformity.  In addition, the muscles of neck, shoulder region and lower back can be strained leading to injury.  In more advanced cases, a child may even experience nerve compression and damage.

Some of the warning signs that a problem may be arising include back pain, fatigue, red marks on the shoulders, tingling or numbness in the arms and a shift or leaning in one direction.    

The American Physical Therapy Association has set forth guidelines that should be used with backpacks to reduce the risks associated with them.  These recommendations include:

–       Backpacks should be worn on both shoulders for equal weight distribution, and the height  should fall two inches below the shoulder blades and sit at waist level.

–       It should have padded shoulder straps, which distribute the weight in the bag evenly over his/her shoulders. 

–       Shoulder straps should fit comfortably on the shoulder and under the arms, so the arms can move freely.

–       The bottom of the pack should rest in the contour of the lower back.

–       Keep the load 10-15% or less of the child’s body-weight.

–       Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the back

–       Carry only those items that are required for the day


TheraSport Physical Therapy can help you and your child choose a proper backpack that fits your child properly.  Additionally, our physical therapists can help your child improve their posture, correct muscle imbalances and manage the pain from improper backpack use.  TheraSport has two board-certified McKenzie credentialed practitioners to help with all spinal related problems.      

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ImPACT Testing Now at TheraSport Physical Therapy


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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