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Concussion Management

In order to help better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, Perkiomen Valley School District currently uses the ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program, which was founded and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sports Concussion Program. 

ImPACT is a non-invasive computerized exam utilized by many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It is not an IQ test.

ImPACT baseline tests are required for student-athletes participating in identified, contact-collision sports or events (football, field hockey, soccer, water polo, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, swimming/diving, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and pole vault). Baseline tests may be administered every two years. If a student-athlete was given a baseline test last year, he/she is not required to complete a baseline test again for this school year. However, students diagnosed with a concussion last year are encouraged to complete another baseline test.

In order to take a baseline test, a student must know his/her PVSD account name and password. High school student-athletes should report to the main entrance of the high school building, just outside the main office. From that location, high school student-athletes will be escorted to a computer lab or library for the test. The test takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Please do not arrive late or after the advertised test time. You will not be permitted to join the test group once they have started the exam. ImPACT test dates for high school fall sports athletes will be:


HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, July 24 - 8:00am Library

Thursday, July 25 -  8:00am Library

Monday, July 29 - 11:00am Library

Tuesday, July 30 - 1:00pm Library

Wednesday, July 31 - 8:00am Library

Monday, August 5 - 11:00am Library

Tuesday, August 6 - 8:00am Room 135

Tuesday, August 6 - 3:00pm Library

Wednesday, August 7 - 12:00 - Room 135

Thursday, August 8 - 11:00am Room 135 

Thursday, August 8 - 2:00pm Room 135


Test proctor will meet athletes in the main office lobby of the high school.


ImPACT baseline tests are administered to student-athletes participating in identified, contact-collision sports or events (football, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and water polo). However, PVSD student-athletes participating in other fall sports may be tested if they wish.

Student-athletes not tested last year must be tested this year. In addition, students diagnosed with a concussion last year are directed to complete another baseline test at this time.

If a student-athlete was given a baseline test last year, they are not required to complete a baseline test again for this school year (unless they were diagnosed with a concussion last year).

Middle school student-athletes will be tested at the start of the school year.

If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be required to re-take the test. Both the preseason and post-injury test data will be shared with the athlete's parent(s), physician or neuropsychologist. The test data will enable these health professionals to evaluate the injury and determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete. If an injury of this nature occurs to your child, you will be contacted with the details. Students injured at home or in a non-school related event will not be tested.

The ImPACT program currently provides the best available information for managing concussions and preventing the potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions.

ImPACT Test student login:
https://www.impacttestonline.com/testing

Sports Safety information and videos:
http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information:

If you are looking for a form for your physician to fill out regarding a student concussion, please use the one below: