What is ImPACT?
Meriter is proud to offer ImPACT testing to student athletes (age 11 and over) in our community. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is a user-friendly, online computer-based neurocognitive testing program that helps determine concussion severity, as well as if and when it is safe for an athlete to return to sports.
ImPACT is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is currently being used with many high school, collegiate and professional athletes, including the UW Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.
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
Prior to injury, athletes take a baseline test. In the event of a concussion, the athlete can then be re-tested by a professional with ImPACT training and the results are compared to their original readings. This information is then used in conjunction with a full neurological exam to determine if and when an athlete can safely return to play, therefore reducing further risk of injury.
Patients can schedule a baseline test (below) any time before an injury occurs. The baseline test is paid for by the patient out-of-pocket and is not covered by insurance. Baseline testing does not require a physician visit and is valid for 2 years after it is complete.
After a patient has an injury, however, IMPACT testing is done as part of a physician’s visit and is billed to insurance. Most insurances will cover this testing, but, as always, patients should check with their insurance first if they are not sure about coverage. If you child sustains a head injury, you should make an appointment see your pediatrician - and mention to them that your child has taken a baseline ImPACT test in the past. If applicable, your physician will then arrange for a post-inury ImPACT test for your child. Please note that ImPACT testing after an injury cannot be done without a physician visit.
Tests will be administered at two locations now:
Meriter Deming Way
2275 Deming Way, 2nd Floor
Rehabilitation Medicine - Meriter Monona
6408 Copps Ave.
Cost is $20 for the baseline test which is not covered by most insurance plans, thus no insurance claim will be filed by the clinic. Consult your insurance company if you have questions about coverage.
If the appointment times below are not convienient for you, please call our clinic at 608.417.8388 (Deming Way) or 608.417.6175 (Rehabilitation Medicine - Meriter Monona) to schedule another time. ImPACT baseline tests take approximately 20 minutes to complete.