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ImPACT Baseline Testing
The Bellevue School District is currently implementing an innovative program for student athletes. 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 by 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 the head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. 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 I.Q. test and has no application outside of concussion management and will not be used for any other purposes than for care of your child should they suffer a concussion.
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, Dr. Thomas DePuydt, 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.
Again, 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 the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions.
Pat McCarthy, Athletic/Activity Director
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Andi Tomlinson, Athletic Secretary
425 456 7613