Athletes & ambitious individuals want to perform their best at their sport. However, injuries, specifically concussions or head trauma, can disrupt normal function of our visual motor skills, memory, and processing speeds, and repeat injuries can amplify or lead to what seems like permanent loss. The fact that we can provide treatment to patients & improve their performance often isn't discovered until noticeable loss has occurred.
Our occupational therapist is credentialed through the ImPACT concussion rehabilitation and management practice (ITOT). We utilize a multi-sensory approach and the latest research to guide our patient centered treatments. Whether your goal is to get back to school, back to work, back in the game, or just to feel more confident doing the things you enjoy, we can help you get there.
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT Applications has created a baseline and post-injury test that is widely used and scientifically validated. It is a computer-based test that evaluates multiple areas of a person's neurocognitive abilities, such as visual motor, memory, and processing speeds. The information obtained from this test can help with the development of an individualized treatment plan, when combined with therapy sessions. It can also be taken before and after completion of therapy and used as a measuring tool to help show progress.
How can an athlete monitor their performance appropriately?
For example, anyone who suffered from a head injury on the field should undergo an IMPACT assessment. From there, a number of healthcare practitioners, including our team, can review the data and evaluate what multi-sensory problems have resulted from the injury. Even a low visual reaction time can be identified on the impact data, which we can then tailor a plan for rehabilitation based on that test (and our own testing).
If any repeat injuries occur, the test should be repeated to evaluate the extent of the injury.
If a patient underwent therapy, they can also take the test & evaluate improvement.
Even a patient who never had an ImPACT test should start. We had a patient who is in cheer, and suffered from 4 prior concussions. He had no baseline assessments after multiple concussions, and no record how he performed after going through treatment. Fortunately, now that he has taken this test, if another concussion occurs, he'd be more prepared for when college's start recruiting. We can use his baseline to see his level of performance & what treatment may be necessary. Plus, we can use his assessment to review with any other doctor, a coach, or even his parents.
Is IMPACT your only test?
This is a useful test, for sure. However, you would be surprised how much more information is diagnosed in person, in the exam room, from pure observation by our doctor & occupational therapist. We also have other tests depending on the patient's symptoms.
ImPACT is a test used by:
- Neuro-psychologists & psyche evaluations for trauma referrals
- Concussion specialists & medical doctors (MDs) at a concussion center.
- Sports medicine doctors use this a lot & credentials for training in this
- Coaches, Sports Teams, & Schools with a strong sports / athletic program
- Screenings for sports.
Should I have this assessment done in the clinic or somewhere else?
An assessment done at our practice is not only helpful for us to determine what therapeutic approach to take, but we use other testing equipment to give a more thorough picture of your total health. One test can't identify all areas accurately or realistically, but it does show relevant information that you can either work on yourself or through treatment. We've seen many patients come in with various symptoms and conditions but they've fought through it without knowing that treatment exists to make their lives better & improve their ability to perform.