The Concussion Health Awareness and Management Program (CHAMP) is an integral component of Beaumont's comprehensive approach to concussion care. CHAMP offers pre- and post-concussion screenings for athletes and other individuals age 13 and older through ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is a computerized brain injury measurement tool that identifies subtle changes in brain function, evaluates post-injury condition and tracks recovery.
By comparing baseline (pre-injury) and post-injury test results, ImPACT can help determine the severity of a concussion and enable health care providers to determine when it is safe to return to play, school or work following a concussion.
ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. It provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices. The program has received numerous accolades and endorsements from many of the world's leading sports authorities, governing bodies, teams and athletes. It is in use by many teams in Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Football League as well as thousands of high school and collegiate athletic programs and many other organizations.
Ensuring safe return to play
If and when a concussion does occur, health care specialists trained in concussion are able to compare baseline (pre-injury) test results with post-injury test results to diagnose and treat the concussion and determine when it is safe to return to play,
school or work.
Office visit charges and post-injury ImPACT testing fees may apply to clinical encounters following the baseline screening. Most insurances are accepted.
At what age should a child be ImPACT tested? How long does the test take?
ImPACT testing is recommended for children 13 and older. The first ImPACT test will provide a set of baseline results that can then be used to compare to post-injury results. The ImPACT test takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
While any child would benefit from ImPACT testing, it is especially useful for children involved in athletics who may have a higher risk of traumatic brain injury.
It is recommended that children have a baseline ImPACT test every two years until the age of 18 to account for aging and brain maturation. If a child has already had a concussion and has never had a baseline test, the student can still take the postconcussion
test and the results can be compared to normative data.