Clinical utility of ImPACT assessment for post-concussion return-to-play counseling: psychometric issues

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Dec;

34(3):235-242.

Mayers, L. B. and T. S. Redick.

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Abstract:

Computerized neuropsychological testing is commonly utilized in the management of sport-related concussion. In particular, the Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing 2.0 program (ImPACT) is widely used to assess the cognitive functioning of athletes before and after a concussion. We review the evidence for the clinical utility of this program in terms of validity, reliability, and use in return-to-play decisions. We conclude that the empirical evidence does not support the use of ImPACT testing for determining the time of postconcussion return to play.

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