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ImPACT program

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Muskegon High School is currently utilizing an innovative program for our student-athletes.  This program will assist our team physicians and athletic trainers in evaluating and treating head injuries (eg., concussion).  In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, we are using a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).    ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in 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 head injury and when the injury is 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 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 is not, however, an IQ test.  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 physician qualified to interpret the ImPACT test, 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.

For more information about ImPACT, visit the website at www.impacttest.com.

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