A majority of area schools use imPACT as their diagnostic concussion test of choice.
That doesn’t mean all of them employ the computer program — a cognitive quiz that tests the user’s memory and reaction time, among other things — in the same way. There even is one local public school that doesn’t use imPACT, which stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.
An athlete’s initial test provides a baseline score so there is a foundation for comparison when the athlete experiences concussion symptoms.
Evanston requires of all its athletes to take the imPACT test before they can try out for a sport.
“We want to maximize our ability to keep our kids safe,” said Chris Livatino, Evanston’s athletic director. “They key is to make sure they don’t get a second concussion before the first one is healed.”