November 19, 2012
For the first time in Oklahoma City, a new program is available that makes diagnosing and managing concussion-related injuries more effective. Community Hospital’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program has become the state’s only credentialed, ImPACT™ clinic. Dr. Jason Leinen leads the program and has also been named the only credentialed ImPACT™ consultant in Oklahoma.
ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), is a concussion injury management program developed around a computer-based, cognitive function test. Pioneered by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, ImPACT™ is designed to measure cognitive brain function before and after a concussion, thus allowing a physician to follow standardized protocol–necessary to avoid further brain injury and the potential for permanent damage.
Originally designed for elite athletes, the program is now available to competitive and recreational athletes and others who are at greater risk for concussion injuries including construction workers, oilfield personnel and heavy machinery operators.
The initial ImPACT™ assessment test takes about 20 minutes to complete. The assessment provides a baseline report of
normal cognitive brain function. When the individual suffers a suspected concussion, he or she retakes the same test within
24-72 hours after receiving the injury. The results of both tests are compared and used to determine the severity of the concussion, appropriate treatment plan and the recovery time needed to ensure proper brain healing.
More than 1,500 high schools, colleges, Olympic teams and professional sports franchises use the ImPACT™ system to create comprehensive concussion care plans for their athletes. This proven treatment and injury management program is now available to the general public, right here in Oklahoma.
The ImPACT™ baseline testing is available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday at the OSSO Spine Center, 3115 SW 89th Street. Appointments can be made by calling (405) 600-1411. The cost for the baseline test and data storage is $35.