Did you know that children and adolescents suffer over 3 million concussions in the U.S. annually, and that with each successive concussion the risk of serious injury to the brain increases?!! Doing everything you can now to protect your brain is crucial for your future. When you take this test you will have taken the first step in protecting your brain should you suffer a concussion during the next year.
Once you complete the test, your results will be stored in a database (this score is called your baseline). If you do happen to suffer a concussion during the year, you'll go to your physician's office and re-take the computerized test. The doctor will then compare your new score to your baseline score and decide when it is safe for you to return to play and whether you need any further treatment. This is the most up-to-date and scientific method to determine how your brain is functioning after a concussion.
Next year at this time we will send you an e-mail telling you it is time to retake the test. You need to update your baseline every year because your brain is developing and changing and you baseline will be different.
When you click on TAKE THE TEST you will be directed to a website where you will complete a test called ImPACT, which measures your memory, your attention ability, and how fast you think. It's fun and easy!
The test will take about 20 minutes, so make sure you have plenty of time set aside for this and that you are in a quiet room where you won't be disturbed.