Concussion/ImPACT Testing

Sports Medicine Concussion Program - Virtua
A concussion is a serious injury to the brain that can change the way an individual feels, reacts and behaves. It is the most common type of head injury, and can be caused when the head is bumped, hit or even jarred without contact. Most concussions occur without losing consciousness.

Virtua Sports Medicine offers one of the region’s leading concussion management programs, with a fully integrated array of advanced neurological and neurobehavioral services. From diagnostic testing to comprehensive management of symptoms, Virtua’s team provides a customized approach for each patient. Virtua physicians and therapists work closely with athletic trainers to safely ease athletes back into their normal activity and to help prevent future complications.

Call a Virtua Sports Medicine Health Navigator at 1-844-678-7001 for more information.

Concussion Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Uneven balance
  • Sluggishness
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Heightened emotional reactions
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Loss of consciousness

What is ImPACT Testing?

ImPACT is a computer test used in diagnosing concussion and evaluating recovery. It is simple, short and non-invasive. While it has most often been performed after an injury occurs, baseline testing, prior to injury, is recommended for athletes in contact sports. If an injury should occur, the baseline provides a comparison to post-concussion tests for brain function, improving the accuracy of a concussion diagnosis.

ImPACT testing is done immediately following an injury. Additional tests are conducted at intervals after injury to assess a patient’s progress and readiness to return to normal activity. If a pre-injury baseline was not done, a database of thousands of non-injured athletes may also be used for effective comparison.

The ImPACT test evaluates neurocognition for:

  • Memory
  • Attention span
  • Brain processing speed
  • Reaction time
  • Post-concussive symptoms 

Comprehensive Services for Athletes

Injury prevention and evaluation:

  • All repetitive stress and acute injuries, including concussion
  • Female athlete-triad: eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis 
Concussion management:

  • Baseline testing and neurological expertise 
Physical therapy:

  • Gender- and sport-specific therapists, specialized in their fields
  • State-of-the art rehabilitation equipment
Advanced minimally invasive surgery:

  • Surgical excellence for every body part
  • Smaller incisions, faster recovery
  • State-of-the-art surgery centers
Nutritional counseling:

  • Meal and intake guidance for the best in every athlete
Sport-specific training:

  • Athletic training for optimal performance in each and every sport
  • Certified fitness specialists for teams, groups, individuals
Motion lab:

  • Analysis of body movement for injury prevention and enhanced performance