The only one of its kind in Broward County
Staffed by credentialed ImPACT Consultants, the Concussion Care Program offers comprehensive services for sports and concussion diagnosis and management including:
- Sports physicals and EKG testing, available at Broward Health Urgent Care (three locations)
- Pre-season Baseline & Post-injury ImPACT testing (includes professionals trained in interpreting results and recommending the best treatment options)
- A Pediatric Emergency Department available 24/7
- Expert team of partnering physicians, knowledgeable in diagnosis, treatment and management of concussion injuries including making safe recommendations for academic accommodations and return-to-play decisions
- Rehabilitation - Physical therapists trained in management of injured athletes will develop a plan of care to address the individual's needs which may include a progressive monitored exercise program. Vestibular rehabilitation, a therapy which is designed to reduce some of the symptoms of dizziness and visual disturbances may also be prescribed.
Safer sports for our community's student athletes
Baseline Concussion Testing
Concussions are traumatic head injuries that occur from both mild and severe blows to the head. They are not only associated with professional athletes but also with school and recreational youth sports. While a standard sports physical is required by nearly all school and youth sports leagues, this will not provide doctors with important information about a child’s cognitive abilities should a concussion occur. A baseline concussion test will provide physicians with valuable information to use if a child suffers a concussion.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that every child playing a sport get a pre-season test of "normal" brain function (known as the ImPACT test). This pre-concussion test helps to establish a baseline of the child's normal cognitive brain function which can later be used to compare to a post-concussion test, should an injury occur during a sport. This neurocognitive test is recognized nationwide and adopted by the NFL, NHL and Broward County schools.
A complete history and physical along with the baseline concussion test is the best way to protect a young athlete's safety. Broward Health Urgent Care offers students the following exams:
Sports Physical - FREE (Free price available through August 31, 2014)
Baseline Concussion Testing - $15
*insurance does not cover exams and $15 payment is due at the time of the appointment
Call an Urgent Care Center near you today to make an appointment.
Ages 10-18 years. By appointment only. Insurance does not cover these exams. Payment due at time of appointment.
More about ImPACT testing
Why is it important for athletes to get a baseline ImPACT test?
The ImPACT test is one of the many tools physicians use to determine the severity of a concussion. Comparing the pre- and post-concussion test scores can help determine treatment options and when and if an athlete can return to play. Some head injuries may appear to be mild but if left untreated, can have serious, long-term and cumulative effects.
What does the baseline pre-concussion ImPACT test measure?
It measures attention, verbal & visual memory, processing speeds and reaction times. It serves as a baseline to provide valuable clinical information when determining if your child has suffered a concussion as well as a determining factor of when the athlete has reached full recovery.
How does an ImPACT test work?
Prior to the sport season, an athlete will take the computer-based test which is administered by a trained health professional. It takes about 25 minutes and gathers information to measure cognitive function in different categories. In the event of a head injury, the results of the pre-ImPACT concussion test are compared with follow-up tests.
Who should get a pre-concussion ImPACT test?
The CDC recommends this as a pre-season test every year for children ages 10 to 12 and every two years for ages 13 and older. It is recommended for athletes participating in contact sports such as football, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics.
What occurs at the time of a suspected head injury?
Optimally, if an injury is suspected, coaches or athletic trainers perform a sideline test to determine what immediate action is needed. Emergency services may be required for immediate treatment and/or diagnoses. Additionally, the ImPACT test should be repeated at this time.
Experts in concussion management will use the baseline and post-injury tests along with other neuropsychological assessments to determine the best treatment plan for the injured athlete.
Although recovery time varies and children often need more time than adults to recover from concussions, research suggests that if properly diagnosed and treated, most individuals will make a complete recovery.
For more information about concussion management or the services available please contact the Rehab Services Department at 954-344-3180.