Concussion Evaluation Process
A full history is obtained and a physical examination is performed on every new patient. The emphasis in the physical exam is on neurologic function, with a focus on those neurologic functions commonly affected by a concussion such as memory, balance, vestibular function (how the brain interprets movement of the body and the head relative to space and the visual surround) and oculomotor function (eye movement and focus). The clinic will also administer the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test), a computer-based test of visual and verbal memory, processing speed, reaction time, attention, and impulsivity.
Many student-athletes take a baseline ImPACT prior to their athletic season so post-injury testing is helpful in identifying the various neuropsychological deficits that might result from a concussion and when administered serially, the ImPACT is a useful tool is determining how a patient is recovering and when they can safely return to physical activity. The Medical Director of the clinic is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC).