Valley Health has brought ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to the athletic programs at John Handley, James Wood, Millbrook, Sherando, Clarke County, Skyline, Warren County, Central, Stonewall Jackson and Strasburg high schools.
ImPACT™ is used to measure athlete performance in verbal and visual memory, attention, reaction time and other cognitive functioning prior to injury. If a student athlete is injured and concussion is suspected, the test is retaken to compare with that student's baseline results. This objective tool is shared with the student's doctor to help determine when return to play is safe.
Mariecken Fowler, MD, and John D. Lewis, PsyD, collaborate with Valley Health and area athletic trainers to implement the program, which is the standard for college and professional sports teams.