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Concussion Injury

“Unlike a broken ankle, or other injuries you can feel with your hands, or see on an x-ray, a concussion is a disruption of how the brain works.”  - USA Football & CDC

  • What is a concussion and does a baseline test help?
  • My child does a baseline at their high school, do I need to do this too?"
    High schools and other organizations may or may not choose to use our testing model or have it administered by healthcare professionals. Additionally, high schools will not typically allow the parents to access the test results because they technically own them. ProACT on the otherhand will provide you the ID# so that you can access your results and share them with a healthcare professional.
  • What does the computerized test do?
    The computerized portion of the test is an objective tool to support trained healthcare providers in making sound return to activity decisions following concussions. It’s a computerized test that measures memory, attention span, visual and verbal problem solving. The computerized test has two primary uses: Before the onset of an activity, a baseline test is conducted to measure the athlete’s performance baseline. In the event of an injury, a post-injury test is administered and compared to the baseline and/or normative data scores.
  • How important are baseline tests?
  • How long does the test take?
    Depending on which test your child is taking. If your child is 13 or older, their test will take approximately 1 hour. If your child is 12 or younger, thier test will last approximately 45 minutes.
  • Do I have to show up on time?
    We will sometimes schedule groups to test as a whole. When this happens and the testing begins we do not want to distract our test takers as that may affect their test results. As a result, it is not possible to be tested if your child shows up late for their testing window.
  • Is this really a picture of my childs brain?
    The ProACT baseline test is a two part test. The first part is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool to help licensed healthcare providers evaluate and manage a suspected concussion. Our test is the industry leader in concussion management and trusted by teams and organizations around the world. The second part is a vestibular test that helps us measure your child's balance. Both of these test make up your child's baseline for the corresponding measurement. Baseline Test – Administered by a licensed healthcare provider or a trained baseline administrator before the start of a sport season, school year, or other activity. Baseline scores are collected and stored on our privacy compliant servers. It is recommended to re-administer the baseline test annually in accordance with CDC guidelines. Post-Injury Test – Administered by a licensed healthcare provider when a concussion is suspected. Test results are compared to baseline scores and normative data scores as part of a healthcare provider's assessment of the injury. Multiple post injury tests may be given to an individual during the course of treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Is the test safe for children?
    Your child will not be exposed to any chemicals or radiation during the test. The test is completely safe for them to take.
  • What should I do after my child has taken the test?
    Download the Free ImPACT Passport™ Mobile App ImPACT Passport is a mobile app that enables ImPACT takers to store their Passport ID – the secure personal identification code provided after completing an ImPACT baseline test. ImPACT Passport allows a parent or test takers to grant access to their data to a healthcare provider, record symptoms, locate a healthcare provider or access educational content on concussion. Click here to download
  • Can I access my childs test results?
    A trained healthcare provider is the only one that can access test results. The ImPACT Passport app allows you to record your child's symptoms and grant your healthcare provider's access to test results. If you can’t find your child’s Passport ID, contact the ProACT team to help you retrieve it.
  • Why should my child use an electronic concussion test?
    Neurocognitive testing is the “cornerstone” of modern concussion management. It gives healthcare providers objective data to evaluate a patient’s post-injury condition and aids in tracking recovery for safe return to activity.
  • ProACT is not...
    • A diagnostic test. ProACT is one tool that can be used by medical professionals to help measure an individual’s recovery from a concussion. • A one step solution to concussions. • A preventative tool. Nothing can truly prevent concussions. • A substitute for medical treatment or management. • A replacement for a cat scan, MRI or other medical technology. • A home-based test. It should always be administered by a trained healthcare provider.
  • Who uses this kind of test?
    Thousands of high schools, over 7000 NCAA colleges, and universities, thousands of clinical centers, hundreds of professional teams, and select military units choose this test to assist in the management of concussion. Sinces 2002, tens of millions of individual test takers have been served.

A concussion is like a 'brain sprain'. It's a brain injury caused by contact or twisting inside the skull.

Baseline testing is like a 'snap-shot' of pre-injury brain function. The ProAct Test is considered the gold standard.

With a ProAct Test an athlete can return to sport safely and quickly. Without it injury care becomes a guessing game.

We are here to assist and answer any questions you might have about baseline testing and our service.

Need more information? Contact us.

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