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ImPACT - Concussion Assessment Program


ImPACT tests will be administered to all 9th grade, 11th grade and transfer students before the end of September.
If you have questions about the specific test, please go to the website:

Permission slips to administer the test are no longer required but if you DO NOT want your child's data to be used in confidential research, or have questions regarding our concussion policy, please contact the Tiffany Howard, the school nurse, at

About Concussions and the ImPACT test

Sports injuries, particular those involving head injuries, are of great concern. John Bapst offers the opportunity for student athletes to take a baseline test to help detect possible sports related concussions in the future. Baseline results allow for comparison of test results if at any time your child ever has to take a post injury test for a concussion. The exam takes about 25-35 minutes and is non-invasive. It is a cognitive based test that is interactively administered on a computer. It challenges the brain and tracks information such as memory, reaction time, processing speed, and concentration. All baseline tests will be kept on file for 2 years. Every 2 years, your child will be required to retake the baseline test in the preseason of their sport of choice to maintain validity for comparison with post injury testing.

The testing program is called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), it is a computerized exam that an athlete may take prior to the season and if the athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury retake the exam to help determine: a.) the extent of the injury b.) the location of the injury and c.) when the injury has healed.

The University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)’s Sports Concussion Program is the founding group of this software. If your child is believed to have suffered a concussion in the future during competition and is in our care at that time, he/she will be asked to take the exam again at that time and the data will be compared to the baseline data from the test that he/she takes today.

The baseline test results and any subsequent results are stored with John Bapst.

John Bapst may share results with other medical professionals to help interpret the data. This includes information to be shared with a student's healthcare provider and is subject to completed medical authorization. It is important to understand that positive results of any post injury test will require follow-up and intervention by a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions for clearance to return to play.

We wish to stress that there is no invasive work being done with any of our baseline or post injury testing. We are excited to implement this program as it provides us with the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. If you are interested in having your child screened under the terms outlined, please complete the information below and return. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Athletic Director Rick Sinclair or Tiffany Howard, school nurse, at 947-0313.

ImPact Declination Form

ImPACT Information Sheet



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