Concussion Testing

Recent advances in the recognition and management of head injuries and concussions in student athletes are dramatic.  There is plenty of media coverage communicating the importance that the scientific evidence supports in regards to the necessity for better screening and management of concussions in our young athletes.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends that all athletes receive a baseline test prior to participating in any high risk athletic activity.

 

As part of our ongoing relationship with the families in this community, we offer baseline testing and are the only certified providers in San Antonio offering the ImPact post concussion and cognitive test. This is the same computerized test used by many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country. This test has revolutionized the diagnosis and management of concussions.  If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, ImPACT is used to help determine not only the severity of head injury, but also when the injury has fully healed. 

 

The computerized exam is given as a baseline to athletes at the start of the season. This non-invasive test is set up in a “video-game” format, takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete, and many athletes enjoy the challenges it presents. The test takes a snapshot of how the brain is working, including, the memory, reaction time, and processing speed. Essentially, the ImPact test provides a pre-season “physical” of the brain. It is not an IQ test.

 

If a concussion is suspected, the athlete retakes the test. The pre-season and the post-injury test are compared to identify and quantify the extent of injury. That information can be shared with your family physician, or other specialist. Your treating physician can use the history, physical examination, and ImPACT results to manage the injury and determine when return to play is safe and appropriate. 

 

The ImPACT testing procedures are non-invasive and there are no needles, electrodes, or radiation. There is no risk to your child. A concussion cannot be identified by a CT scan, or by an MRI. This neurocognitive test offers the best information available to manage concussions and prevent the potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions.

 

The Impact Urgent Care team, along with your child’s athletic organization, is striving to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of their athletic experience. For the month of August, Impact Urgent Care will be offering the baseline concussion test free of charge.  The test is appropriate for children 10 years of age and older.  Please visit our website at www.ImpactUrgentCare.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SanAntonioUrgentCare to view media coverage videos on this very important topic.  If you have any questions or to set up an appointment for testing,  please call us at 210-493-4357