Dr. Courtney Erickson-Adams, Primary Care Sports Medicine physician at Bone & Joint Center, is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC). ImPACT or Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing is a computerized neurocognitive test that evaluates how a brain functions after an injury, such as a concussion.
The ImPACT exam measures a few different things, the first being visual function. As 70 percent of the brain is involved in vision, most often someone will endure impaired sight after a concussion. The test also measures reaction time and verbal and visual memory.
ImPACT is most effective when the athlete has baseline testing performed at the start of the season when he or she is symptom free. The baseline testing is then used if an athlete suffers a brain injury to see how the scores of the baseline test compare to those after the injury.
If the athlete has not had a baseline test before suffering a brain injury, they can still get tested using ImPACT, and the exam will compare the patient’s scores against those of years of experience using the ImPACT exam.
As a CIC, Dr. Erickson-Adams has the most up-to-date research and treatment options for concussions, enabling a better management of concussions and allowing patients to get back to activity sooner.