Comprehensive Baseline Concussion Testing
If you have a young athlete, it’s a good idea to have your child’s brain function measured before an injury happens. Our comprehensive screening combines four separate tests for the most accurate screening available. The tests help measure your child's memory, balance and vision.
One of these tests is the ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test. This is a computerized, neuropsychological tool used to assess certain aspects of thinking known to be disrupted during a concussion. Preconcussion results are then used as a benchmark or baseline for comparison with postconcussion ImPACT® scores. These test results provide specific and individualized information for assessment, treatment and return to play.
Young athletes 7 years and older should have baseline testing done every year. Many schools perform baseline testing; however, having it done at The Milford Pediatric Group gives you the best chance that the test will be done in a carefully controlled environment by medically trained technicians. This in turn provides for more useful and medically valid results if a concussion occurs.
How a Concussion Test Works
Baseline testing is performed by a Milford Pediatrics practitioner who has received special training in administering the test and evaluating the validity of the results. The testing requires a brief historical interview to gather information. Your child will sit at a computer and be given a series of questions and tasks which must be completed in sequence.
The Concussion Test Process
The concussion test process takes less than an hour. We’ll review the results at a later date to ensure they’re valid for use, and we’ll store them in the ImPACT database. (If the test results aren't valid, your child may need to retake the test. A nurse will call to reschedule if this occurs.) If your child has a concussion or other brain injury later, one of our Concussion Specialists will administer a post-injury test and then compare the results with your child’s baseline testing results. That means we’ll be able to compare your child’s brain function before and after the injury.
How Can I Schedule a Test for My Child?
To schedule an appointment or learn more about baseline testing, contact us at (203) 882-2066.