The Best Approach To Concussion Management
Winter Park High School offers an innovative program for our student-athletes. The program is called lmPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and it is a computerized exam that each athlete takes prior to the athletic season. If the athlete is believed to have a suffered a head injury during competition they re-take the exam to help determine the extent of the injury, the location of the injury, and when the injury has healed. The system is utilized throughout professional sports and has been mandated in the NHL. It is fast becoming the “Gold Standard” in recognizing and managing head injuries. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Sports Concussion Program is the founding group of this software.
The exam takes about 15-20 minutes and is non-invasive. The program is basically set-up as a “video-game” format. What it is doing is giving the brain a preseason physical of its cognitive abilities. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, processing speed, and concentration. It is simple and actually most that take it enjoy the challenge of the test. The exam has gained recognition around the world.
If a concussion is suspected, the test is re-taken and the information can be used to better determine recovery from concussion. The test data is given to the Team Physician and a sound decision can be made as to when return-to-play is appropriate and safe. If an injury of this nature occurs, you will be contacted about all the details, large and small.
The information gained in our program may be utilized in studies being conducted by UPMC. We have set-up an anonymous data submission system so that your child’s anonymity is guaranteed with the study. This data may anonymously be submitted to UPMC for their research purposes.
I wish to stress that there is no invasive work being done with lmPACT. The program gives us the best available information on preventing brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. Winter Park High School Administration, Coaching, and Athletic Training Staff are trying to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of the High School athletic experience. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me at (407) 622-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elaine M. Judy , ATC, LAT
Head Certified Athletic Trainer
Winter Park High School