Summit Soccer Club strongly encourages all players aged 10 and over to complete baseline testing for concussion. This free on-line test takes about 30 minutes and ideally should be completed before the soccer season starts. The results are automatically sent to the Centre for Concussion Care at Overlook Hospital.
For directions on how to complete the test, click HERE.
Click HERE to link to the Atlantic Health System website; scroll down the page to launch the ImPACT test.
From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
What is baseline testing?
Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion.
Baseline testing generally takes place during the pre-season—ideally prior to the first practice. It is important to note that some baseline and concussion assessment tools are only suggested for use among athletes ages 10 years and older.
How is baseline testing information used if an athlete has a suspected concussion?
Results from baseline testing can be used if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Comparing post-injury test results to baseline test results can assist health care professionals in identifying the effects of the injury and making more informed return to school and play decisions.