ImPACT provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by medical doctors, psychologists, athletic trainers, and other licensed healthcare professionals to assist them in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.
Concussions can happen to any athlete—male or female—in any sport. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Coaches, athletic directors, and trainers play a key role in helping to prevent concussions and in managing them properly if they ever occur.
To reduce the number of this type of injury, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of partners and experts in the field, has developed a toolkit for coaches titled Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports. This kit contains practical, easy-to-use information, including a video and DVD featuring a young athlete disabled by concussion, a guide, a wallet card and clip board sticker for coaches, posters, fact sheets for parents and athletes in English and Spanish, and a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and additional concussion-related resources.