As the fall sports season begins, 11 area high schools will be served by Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s (SMMC) SportsCare program. The SportsCare outreach athletic training staff visits the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School Districts, along with Bishop Miege High School, prior to the beginning of the fall season to administer an ImPACT Neurocognitive Baseline test to athletes. ImPACT is a research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following a concussion.
“The test provides you with more information than you would have with traditional neurological procedures,” said Matt Humpert, outreach coordinator of SportsCare.
The 20-minute computer test includes puzzles and tasks that evaluate six different areas of the brain. ImPACT tracks an athlete’s memory, reaction time, speed and concentration. All test information is then sent to the athlete’s physician of choice. Gregg Coup, Board-certified family medicine physician at Shawnee Mission Primary Care, is one of the area’s only Credentialed ImPACT Consultants (CIC). Coup is available as a referral option for athletes to diagnose, review test results and design a management plan should a concussion occur.
When a concussion is suspected, SportsCare’s training staff will administer a post-test to the athlete within 48 hours of the incident. The tests will be sent to the athlete’s physician, who will then compare the post-test to the baseline and determine the next step in the return-to-play process.
This fall, ImPACT will be administered to athletes playing a variety of sports.
“We see concussions across the board,” Humpert said. “We will test athletes of any contact sport, including cheerleading and football.”
Learn more about Shawnee Mission SportsCare. You can also call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777 for any questions related to SMMC's ImPACT program.