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Baseline ImPACT Testing

Why are Baseline ImPACT Tests Important?

The baseline ImPACT® test is a preseason physical of the brain for athletes, tracking information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It’s not an IQ or full neuropsychological evaluation, but rather a tool that can be compared with a later ImPACT test taken after a suspected concussion. The preseason and post-injury test results will be considered by a physician, along with a neurological exam, balance testing, detailed medical history, and the input of those around the injured athlete, to assess an injury. It will also help your care team determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe.

Baseline ImPACT Test Details

ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computerized exam given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. This non-invasive test is set up in a “video-game” format on a computer, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. St. Luke’s offers this testing for kids ages 10 years and older.

Your child’s baseline ImPACT test results will be saved in our database and released to requesting parents, schools, or physicians in the event of a concussion. We recommend a baseline test every two years unless your child has sustained a concussion.

Scheduling a Baseline ImPACT Test

Call to schedule a baseline ImPACT test:

  • Treasure Valley
    • St. Luke's Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic: (208) 381-4785; cost $15

  • Magic Valley
    • St. Luke's Clinic – Sports Medicine: (208) 814-5075; please call for pricing

Additional Resources

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Specialties

Help for injured recreational and professional athletes to return to an active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. 
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