Any middle school student who is in the 7th grade and is 12 years old or older will be required to take an ImPACT Test to participate in our athletic program. If you child is not 12 years old or turns 12 years old after the start a season they will be medically cleared for that sport without having an ImPACT test on file. Your child will need to take an ImPACT test at the conclusion of that season. It is strongly recommended that your child take an ImPACT test if they are 12 years old in the 6th grade when the test is offered but it is not a requirement for them to be medically cleared as a 6th grader at JWMS.
Note: The district will provide an alternative ImPACT test if a child should require special accommodations. Please email concerning your request.
What is the IMPACT Test
The IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Developed in the early 1990's by Drs. Mark Lovell and Joseph Maroon, the IMPACT test is a 40-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes 12 years old and older.
Given the inherent difficulties in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.
The IMPACT test is administered by our athletic trainer and sports coordinator. Post-concussion care and the management of concussion can only be administered by a trained medical professional. The IMPACT test assists doctors in making return-to-play decisions and should never be used as a stand-alone tool.
The IMPACT test we issue to your child is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.
Your child must take the IMPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) and return the Concussion Fact Sheet Permission Slip. Once the IMPACT test is taken the results are good for two years. A Physical Examination Form must be completed by your child's physician and on file in our nurse's office. The date of your child's physical examination on file must cover the time period for the sport that he/she will be participating in.