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ImPACT  &  Athletic Tryouts

In order to play team sports, each athlete must do two things before the first tryout date:

  1. Take the ImPACT* to get a baseline reading, which will be kept on file.
  2. Submit all medical forms to School Nurse Kathy Cunningham (kcunningham@thayer.org).

Many ISL and NEPSAC schools use ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment & Cognitive Testing). The test can be taken on your home computer. It usually takes about 20 minutes to complete, and the results are submitted to Thayer electronically. This is a simple cognitive assessment that effectively helps Thayer's athletic trainers to...

  • Objectively measure the severity of a concussion
  • Determine when a student-athlete can safely return to play

Before Beginning the ImPACT, Make Sure that You Have...

  • Access to a computer with an external mouse. You have to use a desktop computer, not a laptop because TouchPad and TrackPoint mice don't work for this test.
  • Closed out of any applications other than ImPACT and your Internet browser.
  • Turned off the pop-up blocker in your Internet browser - the test will not launch if the pop-up blocker is on. (Also make sure to turn the pop-up blocker back on when you are finished.)
  • Settled into an environment free of noise and other distractions. You will need to concentrate and exercise your memory. So...

    • No Talking
    • No cell phones
    • No sound on the computer
  • Students should be supervised by a parent when taking the test.

Steps to Begin the Test

  1. Launch the baseline test.
  2. Insert the Customer ID Code: 94348cf120 (case sensitive).
  3. Choose the language to take the test in (English).
  4. Use the PULL down menu & select Thayer Academy
  5. Note: # of years completed in school = your year in school minus 1.
  6. Go! www.impacttestonline.com/sportsconcussionnewengland

If you have questions about the ImPACT, please contact Head Athletic Trainer Ellen Malloy (emalloy@thayer.org / 781.664.2273).

For questions about medical forms, contact Health Services Director Kathy Cunningham (kcunningham@thayer.org / 781.664.2299) or School Nurse Shelley Creager (screager@thayer.org / 781.664.2299).

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