ImPACT: Concussion Solution
Take the ImPACT Concussion Test today!
ImPACT takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
- Individual: $75 per test
- Team or Group* (8+ individuals): $40 per test
- Post Concussion follow up test: $50
* Team tests includes a parent / coach lecture on concussion management and functional approach to brain health and sports performance. Also included is a follow up Q and A to review results of the ImPACT testing. The team provides the facility for testing and the lecture.
- Measures player symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time measured to 1/100th of second
- Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Produces comprehensive report of test results
- Results can be e-mailed or faxed for fast consultation by a neuropsychologist
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing
- Testing is administered online for individuals or groups
- Compatible with PC and MAC
The test battery consists of a near infinite number of alternate forms by randomly varying the stimulus array for each administration. This feature was built in to the program to minimize the “practice effects” that have limited the usefulness of more traditional neurocognitive tests.
More Info on ImPACT
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 standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. ImPACT Applications, Inc. was co-founded by Mark Lovell, PhD, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD.
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.
ImPACT can be administered by an athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team doctor or psychologist, provided that they have completed training in the administration of the test. Post-concussion care and the management of concussion should only be administered by a trained medical professional. ImPACT assists doctors in making return-to-play decisions and should never be used as a stand-alone tool.
ImPACT 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.
Read on to learn more about ImPACT Testing.
Learn about ImPACT testing as a component of a Comprehensive Functional Neurology Evaluation.
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Improve Your Classroom or Work Performance
Our advanced applications and functional approach to brain optimization will improve your performance in the classroom, office and on the field.
Training: $75 (Individual Session)
12 pre-paid in-office sessions – $810
24 pre paid in-office sessions: $1500
36 pre paid in-office sessions: $2500
Online Home Sessions: $150 per month (unlimited sessions)*
*purchase of IM Home Equipment required, see www.imhome.org
Consider these questions:
- Have you ever heard that exercise can significantly help depression?
- Have you noticed the constant physical movement of the restless ADHD mind?
- What about the slow moving body of the Parkinson’s patient that goes along with the slowing of the thought process?
- Ever notice the relationship between coordination of the physical body and the articulation of thoughts?
ANSWER: Our body and mind are reflections of the other; they are interdependent. Therefore, use the body to drive the mind.
- Focus – filter out internal and external distractions and gain greater concentration for longer periods of time
- Agility – improve the flexibility of thought, “change mental gears quicker”
- Speed – thought processing speed will improve
- Timing – improve ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring; greater coordination of thoughts and body movements
Who Can Be Helped?
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
- Balance Disorders
- Limb Amputation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations. IM works for people of all ages who have a variety of conditions affecting their cognitive and physical abilities.
How It Works
Did you know that your brain has an “internal clock” that keeps time? And that it does so at various intervals: microseconds, milliseconds, seconds, minutes, and hours? Timing in the brain (or what scientists call “temporal processing”) is responsible for detecting where a sound is coming from as sound hits one hear microseconds before the other, for waking up and putting to sleep our brain every 12 hours or so, and for focusing attention, reading comprehension, remembering information, processing speech, motor coordination, and several other human capabilities.
There exists a growing body of literature describing the neural timing deficits in ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Reading Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorder, Parkinson’s, and other conditions. Traumatic Brain Injury or Stroke may also disrupt timing in the brain. By addressing timing in the brain with Interactive Metronome (IM) alongside functional therapy interventions you are not only addressing areas of ability that impact achievement and independence but also the heart of the problem, that of deficient neural timing within and between regions of the brain that are underlying many of the problems you are working on in therapy. This leads to more efficient treatment and better overall treatment outcomes.
IM’s game-like auditory-visual platform engages the patient and provides constant feedback at the millisecond level to promote synchronized timing in the brain. Exercises can be customized and involve a hierarchy of increasingly complex and precisely timed motor movements intertwined with gradually higher & faster cognitive processing, attention and decision-making. It is the only neuro-motor therapy tool that can be used successfully with all patients across the therapy spectrum, even those that require total hands-on assistance due to cognitive and/or physical impairments and those that are very young or elderly.
IM takes therapy to a new level. Rather than simply performing repetitive movement or cognitive activities to achieve functional gains, therapists that incorporate IM into functional therapy activities report their patients are more engaged, more alert, complete far more repetitions of functional movement patterns and activities in a more precise and timely manner, and demonstrate faster progress toward cognitive, communicative, and physical therapy goals. Patients who are challenged and can see measurable improvements are more motivated to continue their therapy and achieve optimal success.
myFASTbrain will help athletes with…
FOCUS: improve your concentration not only in competition but also in the classroom; you will remain focused despite distractions of your environment; you will remain calm on the inside despite what is going on around you allowing you to engage and execute mentally and physically.
AGILITY: the body is directed by the brain; the faster your brain can “switch gears” the quicker your feet will move; your ability to adapt or “audible” in a constantly changing environment will improve; improved balance will also stabilize your body and decrease injuries; stability of joints is dependent on “shunt” stabilization which is regulated by central brain processes.
SPEED: thought processing will be faster; the “game” will slow down for you; you will see more than you previously had; your sports “IQ” will improve; speed of eye movement and tracking will increase.
TIMING: sequencing of events, musicality and being at the right place at the right time or executing a play or skill will improve.
Consider these questions:
- Would you benefit with improved FOCUS, greater CONCENTRATION?
- How much better would you be if you could BLOCK OUT DISTRACTIONS?
- What could you achieve with increased RHYTHM, TIMING, COORDINATION, BALANCE?
- What about better MOTOR PLANNING, MOTOR SEQUENCING, DECISION MAKING?
- What are you doing to train these skills?
An unparalleled approach to optimized function.
The brain, like a muscle, will become “stronger” and increase its “endurance” if appropriately challenged.
The brain, as part of the central nervous system, governs all aspects of body function including but not limited to agility, speed, reaction time, stability. When it comes to being an elite athlete, these attributes are superseded only in importance by even higher brain functions like concentration, visual tracking, visual fixation, timing and rhythm.
myFASTbrain uses the same advanced technologies utilized for the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries to take you to places you may not achieve otherwise.
The goal like that of a personal trainer is to take your brain “muscle” beyond “normal” function. Ignoring brain function would be like ignoring half of your muscles. The athlete could not hope to attain the same level of performance if they were to ignore this critical part of conditioning.
A powerful brain is the difference between good and great.
The technologies (e.g. Interactive Metronome, Vestibular Force Plate, Videonystagmography) are used to challenge and strengthen the brain, balance centers and motor coordination among other aspects of the nervous system.
A functional neurology approach means that the individuality of the athletes brain is to be considered. Aspects of one side of brain may be stronger than the other side and a conditioning program that serves to help normalize any asymmetry of function will help that individual’s health beyond the goal of improving their sports performance. Did you know that you can have asymmetry of your brain (i.e. hemisphericity)? Do you you know that some treatments, therapies or training, if this asymmetry is not considered, can make it worse?
The combination of both body and brain conditioning is the recipe for ideal development and optimal performance.
Some of the expected areas of improvement with the myFASTbrain program include:
- Joint Stabilization
- Motor Coordination
- Thought Processing Speed
- Brain Symmetry
- Academic Performance
Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab
- Prevention: While healthy, establish a baseline of brain function and learn if you are at greater risk of injury.
- Trauma Evaluation: In the unfortunate event of brain injury (e.g. concussion) be able to quickly and accurately diagnose and identify the impact of the trauma. Don’t rely on symptoms to determine function.
- Health Management: Intelligently rehabilitate the area(s) of the brain that were affected (e.g. areas which scores lower than baseline assessment) and restore function to baseline / “healthy state”.
- Optimization: Increase the performance of the most valuable organ in the human body in a similar way to how we train our muscles in soccer, basketball, football, and as adults pay 100s of $$$’s for training at 24 hour fitness and Gold’s gym.
COMPREHENSIVE BRAIN EVALUATION
Exam with Report: $375 (insurance accepted)
Comprehensive Examinations / Baseline Evaluations
A comprehensive functional neurological evaluation or baseline testing evaluates the strength and symmetry of all levels of the nervous system. Examining each level of the neural axis, comparing the symmetry of responses and putting the findings into the context of the whole network allows for pattern appreciation of what areas are weak and how you can be helped.
While disease management or symptom management is about uncovering or diagnosing a specific issue a comprehensive baseline evaluation is about finding your “weak links” or systems. Uncovering these asymmetries in function or relative weaknesses provides the opportunity to take a pro-active approach to the health of your nervous system.
When it comes to sports and academics, we want to always be at the top of our game. Understanding what areas of brain function you can improve on will provide you with the information and tools necessary for you to be on top.
Combining a functional neurological exam with diagnostics that test the strength of different brain “muscles” gives you a complete picture. If you were training your physical body would you evaluate half your muscles? Of course not. Our brain “muscles” work in concert with one another just like a body operates. An incomplete picture leaves us with assumptions about your present functional level.
Understanding where you are prior to a concussion or other neurological insult is important for returning you to your pre-injury status. Symptoms resolve well before pre-injury functional levels are reached. If symptoms rather than functional baseline levels are used to determine when you are once again “healthy” you will be short changed.
The following diagnostics are used in addition to the neurological examination to ascertain the level of performance of various aspects of your brain / nervous system:
ImPACT testing measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning including:
• Attention span
• Working memory
• Sustained and selective attention time
• Response variability
• Non-verbal problem solving
• Reaction time
Posturography is perfect for screening, assessing and diagnosing balance disorder/falls-risk patients. This testing gives us insight into areas of the nervous system associated with balance / vestibular function.
Interactive Metronome (IM) is an assessment and treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological functions of motor planning, sequencing and processing.
VNG equipment provides simultaneous subjective observation of the individual’s eye movements and objective collection and analysis of eye movement during both testing and rehabilitation.
COST: starting at $30 per session
Once we understand what areas of your nervous system are the weak links, an individualized home program is created to strengthen these areas. If you can commit 15-30 min a day doing simple brain based therapies you can strengthen your brain and improve your academic performance and sports performance in ways you may not have dreamed possible.
To further facilitate the development of the weak areas and to build on the strong areas Body Brain Boot Camp was developed. This program offers fun but challenging group activities to “workout” those brain “muscles”.
Functional neurology emphasizes the nervous system as being the modulator of human expression and experience. The unique and complex responses of each individual’s nervous system to changes in their environment are central to the discipline of Functional Neurology.
New protocols in diagnosis and treatment are being developed everyday, and focus on neuro scientifically based interventions for brain injury prevention, concussion treatment as well as sports performance optimization.
myFASTbrain offers affordable, integrated instrumentation for non-invasive brain baseline assessments, traumatic brain rehabilitation and functional optimization. Our equipment is designed for functional neurological and vestibular testing.
Our equipment and our detailed understanding of how information is shuttled through the nervous system allows us to develop and implement cutting edge, theory based therapies for concussion injuries and brain training exercises to enhance sports performance.
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