Concussion Management Over 70% of Doctors Got It Wrong

When asked how to manage a concussion case over 70% of doctors got the answer wrong. What does this mean? It means that the information is constantly changing and you can’t expect a primary care physician to know everything. They are constantly having to keep up with latest flu, rash, vaccine, antibiotic and a million other things. They cannot be expected to know everything about every topic. What you learn in school is only the current basis of information. What you know presently is based on what type of cases you see. The Urgent Care doctors know how to handle emergencies, life...

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Window 1: ImPACT Test – Brain Function and Concussion Management

ImPACT Testing and Concussion Management    The following is an adaptation from a presentation by Micky Collins, Ph.D., Management of Sports Concussion and The ImPACT Program. The following information is intended to help those who have taken the ImPACT test understand how the composite scores are derived. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for a medical evaluation or treatment. This blog and the other blog “windows” into brain function are not intended for anybody to make any diagnosis or determine treatment for anybody. It is simply intended to help patients...

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Sports Concussions and ImPACT testing

Drew Brees speaks about concussions and the need for baseline testing on Good Morning America   IF IT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE NFL, MLB AND NHL WHY ARE YOU NOT HAVING YOUR KIDS TESTED? PACE Program offers 300 FREE TESTS TO CLUBS and SCHOOLS Brain Centers NW will help you administer those tests ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) 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, ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a...

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ImPACT Testing for Traumatic Brain Injury Concussions

A new study supports the clinical utility of the ImPACT Validity Index in detecting “sandbagging” the baseline test. A new independent study is being published in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (June 2012) that examined the ability of the ImPACT Validity Index to “catch” college students who have been instructed to attempt to set a low baseline without getting caught. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind to examine the sandbagging phenomenon in athletes. In this study, Dr. Kristi Erdal of Colorado College provided financial incentives for a group...

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