Once again, USD 231 is offering Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) for student athletes entering grades 7 through 12.  ImPACT testing sessions will be held in the Advanced Technical Center at Gardner Edgerton High School on Monday, May 21, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m.  Students entering 8th, 10th, or 12th grade who took the ImPACT baseline test last year do not need to take it again this year.
ImPACT testing is a neurocognitive assessment of how the brain is functioning at rest.  ImPACT is considered a reliable tool to utilize beginning at the high school level. The process calls for an initial baseline assessment (the test is taken on a computer) ideally performed before the beginning of the season, and repeated a minimum of every two years.
This non?invasive test is set up in “video?game” format and takes approximately 25?35 minutes to complete.  It is simple, and actually 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.  The testing is FREE of charge to all student athletes who participate.
This program provides the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions.
Parent/guardian must complete a consent form for the testing. To obtain a consent form, please visit www.usd231.com. For more information on the testing, please contact Donnie Jamison, GEHS athletic trainer, at jamisonD@usd231.com.