ImPACT and Advanced Baseline Testing

What is Baseline Testing?

Baseline Concussion Testing at the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center is a series of performance tests used to gather information about how a person functions in a "normal" or "baseline" state.  Since normal brain function differs from person to person, Baseline Concussion Testing gives clinicians a point of reference when later evaluating the neurological impact of an injury.  The information from a Baseline Concussion Test could then be used to compare performance of the same activities to that person should they ever sustain a concussion.  So, by Baseline Concussion Testing today, you can help your doctors in the treatment of future concussions.   It is important to note that Baseline Concussion Testing is not intended to be a diagnostic tool.

Baseline Concussion Testing is not to be confused with “Brainbook.”  “Brainbook” is a concussion awareness program that is mandated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) to be viewed / completed by all High School student-athletes, typically only once before a student’s very first athletic participation season in any sport.  “Brainbook” is not a Baseline Concussion Test, it is intended to educate athletes about concussions.  There are different types of neurocognitive baseline tests available today; the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center utilizes the ImPACT Neurocognitive Test which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive test available and has normative data.


ImPACT Basic Baseline Concussion Testing (U11 – U19)*

The Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center administers the ImPACT (Immediate Post concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test.  The ImPACT test is a widely used neurocognitive test that measures multiple aspects of cognitive function including attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time.  This is a test that is used widely by the NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS and most NCAA Division I institutions.

ImPACT Concussion Testing is used to measure one’s ability to recognize, remember and react to words and pictures. It is an objective measure of memory and reaction time.  The results provide a fingerprint of sorts to illustrate how the brain functions in a non-concussed state.  ImPACT Concussion Testing is accomplished through a thirty (30) minute interactive and individual computerized test.  Testing is monitored by a professional who has undergone training in the administration of the test.

ImPACT Information for Parents     Informational Video

*The ImPACT test only has normative data appropriate for ages 11 and up, so therefore it is not advisable that this test is administered to children below the age of 11.


Advanced Baseline Concussion Testing (U7 – U19)**

This test package supplements the ImPACT test (listed above) with the following additions:

  • Balance testing using force plate technology.  This technology is able to determine sway and loss of balance under multiple conditions.
  • Visual Motor Enhancement Test (VMET) is used to test both vision and fine motor skills.  This test looks at how quickly and accurately you can scan (using your eyes to find the object) and how quickly and accurately you are a coordinating your upper extremities to move and touch the object.

** U7 – U10 players can utilize the Advanced Baseline Concussion Testing which does apply to their age group.


Scheduling a Baseline Concussion Test

As part of the Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer Concussion Program, the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center is pleased to offer Baseline Concussion Testing opportunities to our membership (players, siblings, parents and coaches) at a greatly reduced cost.  It is important to note that Baseline Concussion Testing is not only beneficial for soccer related activities, but also for school sports and even regular day-to-day activities where a fall, bump or blow to the head or body can occur.  Baseline Concussion Testing can be scheduled as a team or on an individual / family basis.

To schedule a Baseline Concussion Test as a team, please contact Brad Clement, Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer VP of Competitive - Boys, at for more information.

To schedule a Baseline Concussion Test as an individual / family, please contact Shelli Herseth, MA, ATC at the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center directly and reference the Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer Competitive Program at:

222 West Thomas Road  Suite 304 
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 406-4762 - (Shelli Herseth, MA, ATC)
(602) 406-4323 - Office
(2nd Avenue / Thomas Road - on the campus of Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center)




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