The Center for disease control has estimated that approximately 1.6-3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year. The management of sports-related concussions is currently one of the most hotly debated topics in sports medicine. New rules and legislature concerning the management of concussion in professional, intercollegiate, high school and youth sports have recently been implemented. Most of the debate resolves around the safe determination of return to participation once a concussion as it has been diagnosed. Podesta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute is initiating a concussion evaluation and treatment program that will utilize the Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPact) System. This system is currently being utilized by all of the professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLB Umpires, and United States Army. In addition, this program is widely utilized throughout the NCAA and high schools throughout the country.
The ImPact system is a computerized test that assesses reaction time, attention span, and other cognitive functions of a student athlete. Student athletes are baseline tested prior to the start of the sports season and then tested again after a concussion to compare quantitative results to help decide when the student athlete is ready to return to play.