According to the Sports Concussion Institute, 10% of high school athletes suffer a concussion each season. Concussion rates have nearly doubled in the last decade and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the millions of sports-related concussions that happen each year an epidemic.
Over the past 10 years, the standard of care for high school athletes has become baseline neuropsychological testing. One such program is ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is a computer-based program used to measure several aspects of brain function sensitive to concussion. It used by professional sports, high schools, and club sports across the nation.
Through a generous grant from Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Ministry Sports Medicine offers ImPACT baseline testing free to local schools including:
• Almond-Bancroft High School
• Amherst High School
• Ben Franklin Junior High School
• Pacelli High School
• PJ Jacobs Junior High School
• Rosholt High School
• Stevens Point Area Senior High School
• Tri County High School
The staff of Ministry Sports Medicine has received advanced training regarding concussion management and education through ImPACT. Our staff consists of:
• Dr. Dan Kraeger, Credentialed ImPACT Consultant and sports medicine specialist
And six Certified Athletic Trainers who are also certified ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainers:
• Kayla Allred, ATC, ITAT
• Alicia Belant, ATC, ITAT
• Jennifer Day, ATC, ITAT
• Chad Gregory, ATC, ITAT
• Linda Haller, ATC, ITAT
• Jodi Waltenberg, ATC, ITAT
ImPACT baseline testing and post-concussion testing are an integral part in the diagnosis and management of a concussion. It provides physicians and certified athletic trainers with an additional tool to assess brain function prior to concussion and following a concussion.
ImPACT testing service is also provided at Ministry Rehabilitation in Rhinelander and Tomahawk through the Sports Medicine program.
Follow-up evaluations are conducted at Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk by Russell Sudbury, MD. Please call for an appointment at 715.453.7200.
Ministry Door County Medical Center also provides ImPACT testing service through their Sports Medicine Program. Please call Tina Koyen at 920.746.0410.
ImPACT testing is the most widely used computerized program in the world and is even used at the professional level. ImPACT testing is an assessment that tests player’s cognitive abilities after a concussion, and helps determine if an athlete is ready for play again. The test takes about 20 minutes to complete and focuses on attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time. It is important for athletes to get the test done to ensure proper recovery to avoid the long term effect of a concussion or from getting a second concussion. Testing should take place 24-72 hour after the injury, and then in weekly intervals until the player is asymptomatic.