The Center offers pediatric baseline concussion testing to assess and manage injuries in children ages 5-11. ImPACT pediatric is a pre and post-injury neurocognitive test administered on an iPad.
Baseline testing is done before a child experiences a brain injury, so if a concussion is suspected, our providers have objective data, along with other tests of balance, oculomotor, and vestibular processes to measure the extent of the injury and create a treatment plan. High-impact sports such as hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, snowboarding, and skiing carry an increased risk of concussion. For children participating in any activities where they may experience head trauma, baseline testing is highly encouraged.
Concussion signs and symptoms can differ from child to child, and may not occur for days or weeks after the injury. Parents and coaches should be aware and learn what to look for in the event of a head injury. If a concussion has occurred, and the child does not receive treatment, consequences can be severe.
If you suspect your child has a concussion, and he or she has received baseline testing through the ImPACT Pediatric test at The Center, he or she will be established as a patient and their care will be streamlined. The child can be evaluated at one of our walk-in NOWcare clinics (Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 4:00) by a provider with specialized training in concussion management.