The Falcons Hockey Association proudly presents ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT™ is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT™ is utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. In fact, all NHL players complete ImPACT™ baseline testing and many youth athletes are doing the same.
FHA Peewees, Bantams and Midgets players will have the opportunity to take an ImPACT™ baseline test prior to their first game and/or tournament. This test is available at no additional cost to the player and although it is not required, ImPACT baseline testing is highly recommended. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT™ test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. ImPACT™ testing procedures are non-invasive, and they pose no risks to your athlete. It, however, is not an IQ test. The ideal testing environment is quiet and free from distractions.
Baseline testing may take place at a rink before scheduled practice, at an outside medical facility, or with a physician. It may be administered by non-medical volunteers with minimal training and oversight of both baseline and post-injury results will be provided by Andrew Hunt, MD. Once teams are selected, your team manager will share more details about ImPACT and provide you with the test schedule.
If a player suffers a head injury, the player will sit out the rest of the game, the manager will notify the parent(s), and the player will need to see a physician for an evaluation. An ImPACT™ post-injury test is available through FHA and can be coordinated via your team manager. ImPACT™ baseline and post-injury test data enables health professionals to determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete.
FHA is excited to include ImPACT™ in our hockey curriculum because it provides the best available information for managing concussions and preventing potential brain damage that can occur with multiple concussions. Thank you for sharing in our effort to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of the player's athletic experience.
Special thanks to Julie Davis for her volunteer efforts with the ImPACT program administration. If you have any further questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Andrew Hunt,MD FHA's ImPACT™ Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-323-5546
Andrew Hunt, MD
Illinois Bone & Joint Inst.
Sports Medicine Division
Medical Director, USA Triathlon
Dr. Hunt has been utilizing ImPACT concussion testing in his practice since 2002 and has managed concussions since his Sports Medicine fellowship in Philadelphia. He is available to help educate our coaches, parents and players about concussions as well as the importance of baseline testing and post-injury screening. In addition, he is happy to serve as the "go to" doctor for FHA concussion management in conjuction with a players primary physician. If desired, additional medical providers familiar with concussion management using the ImPACT system are listed in the Coach/Manager manual and the Parent/Athlete manual.
Dr. Hunt has two players in the Falcons; one in house and one in travel. He also coaches at the house level. CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Hunt.
Please read the Parents & Players manual and sign the waivers and consent forms and return to your team manager.