Concussion Evaluation

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 135,000 children and youths between the ages of 5 and 18 suffer a concussion every year. Confusion, memory loss, slower reaction times and dizziness are a few of the symptoms indicating that an athlete may be suffering from a concussion, and the field of sports medicine has developed techniques to effectively assess the severity of brain injuries, including ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment & Cognitive Testing) and C3 Logix. Dr. Greg Hendricks and Dr. Andy Gilliland, who are recognized by ImPACT as Credentialed ImPACT Consultants and Passport providers, offer pre-season baseline and follow-up concussion testing for athletes over the age of 13.

ImPACT

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The ImPACT System

ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. It provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices as part of determining safe return-to-play decisions. ImPACT measures many aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:

  • Attention span
  • Working memory
  • Sustained and selective attention time
  • Non-verbal problem solving
  • Reaction time

ImPACT is typically administered before an injury to establish a baseline report on an athlete. If a concussion is suspected later on, the athlete takes ImPACT again, and the results of both baseline reports are compared to assess potential changes or damage and determine the best plan of care.

C3 Logix

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The C3 Logix System

C3 Logix is a concussion evaluation system developed by doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. It is capable of performing a baseline assessment consistent with all of the recommendations from the 2012 International Conference on Concussions in Sports, including vestibular (balance) and visual assessment. The system uses an iPad strapped to an athlete's waist to measure changes in the athlete's postural stability on hard and soft surfaces.

C3 Logix provides clinicians with electronic integration through the use of cloud-based storage. This ensures that all participants in the clinical care process have access to the important historical data required for treatment and return-to-play decisions.

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