ImPACT NEUROCOGNITIVE TEST
Our testers administer a computerized neurocognitive test called ImPACT®. ImPACT® is the most widely used and scientifically validated neurocognitive concussion assessment tool available (www.impacttest.com). The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
ImPACT has a built-in “quality control check” so that if someone performs very poorly – whether it be intentional or genuine – or misunderstands the test, the program will notify us. In these situations, we will ask you to complete a second test at a later date as we do not want to underestimate your performance ability.
Often invalid attempts are a result of factors related to a distractive environment or the athlete (lack of motivation, fatigue, frustration, or failure to understand the test principles). It is important to obtain an accurate assessment, and for some, this requires repeat testing or a change in environment.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL TEST TAKING
- Be sure to listen to all instructions carefully during the computer-based testing portion and give it your best effort. This will lessen the chance of you having to retake the test due to a less-than-optimal result.
- If during the test you find you do not understand the instructions, or if your computer freezes or the test is interrupted, notify one of the test instructors right away.
- Ensure you are not sleepy, fatigued, distracted, emotionally distressed during your baseline test
- Ensure you have not been under the influence of intoxicants for the 24 hours prior to your test
- If you normally wear contact lenses or glasses on a full time basis, or if you have glasses specifically for reading, be sure to bring them to the test
- Give each task your BEST EFFORT