Base Line and Post Concussion Cognitive Testing

Heads Up Concussion Institute

One of the most common consequences of a concussion is the short-term inability to collect your thoughts and think in an organized and focused manner.  The medical term is cognitive impairment.  It is generally described as feeling in a fog.  Until your cognitive ability and other symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, sensitivity to light etc. returns to normal, you are at risk of further injury if you were to be hit again.

In order to get an accurate assessment of your “cognitive” recovery, we need to take test results taken during your recovery and compare them to test results taken before your injury.  Getting the “uninjured” scores is referred to as base line testing.

The test used at The University of Winnipeg Heads Up Concussion Institute is the ImPact testing protocol (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).  This is a computer-based test that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  These base line scores are stored for future reference should you sustain a concussion.   Full cognitive recovery is one of a number of tests results used to determine your readiness to return to play.

The base line tests can be administered individually or as a team.   To ensure the most accurate results, a trained facilitator administers the tests.  They can be administered on our campus (maximum 25 at a time) or in any setting such as a school where there is access to computers and the Internet.

For the best comparisons to base line scores, post concussion ImPACT testing should be done within 24 - 72 hours after the injury, but can be done later if necessary.

Fees:  $20.00 per individual
Teams of 20 – 25 individuals: $15.00 per individual

ImPACT testing is typically paid for by the individual, with many insurance providers including Allsport providing coverage.

For more information about having your team or athlete tested contact us at: 204.786.9250