Monroe township high school participates in a computerized concussion test. This program will assist our team physicians/athletic trainers in evaluating and treating head injuries (e.g., concussion). In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, we have acquired a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning sport practice or competition. It is required that any athlete who has not taken the test in the past two years to take the test with thier team. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test.
If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be required to re-take the test. Both the preseason and post-injury test data is given to a local doctor or, to help evaluate the injury. The information gathered can also be shared with your family doctor. The test data will enable these health professionals to determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete. If an injury of this nature occurs to your child, you will be promptly contacted with all the details.
I wish to stress that the ImPACT testing procedures are non-invasive, and they pose no risks to your student-athlete. We are excited to implement this program given that it provides us the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. The Monroe Township Athletic Training Staff is striving to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of the student athletic experience.
In order to better serve our athletes the directions to take this test are as follows.
To access the baseline test, simply go to the computer lab with your team and click on the ImPact App on the Desktop.
(External mouse is required for the exam and must be monitored by a coach to make sure a test atmosphere is achieved.) There should be no distractions while taking this test (cell phones, TV, and no talking)
Your child may need some help getting through the demographic area. Once the test begins your child will be able to self-administer the exam in the assigned setting with thier team. All results are completely confidential and unable to be viewed by anyone other than the Certified Athletic Trainers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.
Nathan Cogdill ATC firstname.lastname@example.org (732)521-2882 x6057
Lauren McElroy ATC Lauren.McElroy@monroe.k12.nj.us (732)521-2882 x6057