Affinity Health System specializes in concussion care for young athletes. Our designated concussion clinic providers are available to diagnose and treat concussions incurred in sports injuries or other accidents specifically for student athletes ages 9 - 21. These knowledgeable providers are specially trained in the latest approaches to concussion care and recovery.
For an appointment with one of our concussion clinic providers, please call the following number at any time:
Affinity Sports Medicine and primary care providers have teamed up to offer seamless concussion care to local athletes, ages 9 - 21. These knowledgeable providers are specially trained in the latest approaches to concussion care and recovery.
*CIC = Credentialed ImPACT Consultant
Pre-Concussion Baseline Testing for Athletes
Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play. An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States per year during competitive sports and recreational activities; however, as many as half of all concussions may go unreported*.
Affinity Medical Group physicians and licensed athletic trainers are concerned about the current treatment options available to club, middle school and local athletic programs. As a result, Affinity Health System has partnered with ImPACT® in an effort to provide advanced concussion care to athletes throughout the Fox Valley.
This program offers a baseline ImPACT® test for any local athlete who does not already have access to a cognitive test through their club or school. These tests are to be done before a concussion occurs in order to establish a baseline or “normal” cognitive score.
ImPACT: What is it?
ImPACT is a nationally recognized health care company committed to reducing head injuries in athletes through innovative online testing programs and apps. ImPACT’s Test is computerized and takes about 25 minutes to complete. The test is best conducted under the supervision of an ImPACT-trained athletic trainer, team doctor or psychologist.
Baseline tests are recommended every two years. If an athlete in your care suffers a suspected concussion, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test. Health care professionals can then analyze those tests for potential changes or damage caused by a concussion.
Affinity offers several providers who are clinically trained in concussion management and ImPACT testing. If you suspect a concussion, please make an appointment with one of our concussion providers listed above.
St Elizabeth Hospital – Appleton
Helen Fowler Conference Rooms
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Mercy Medical Center – Oshkosh
Integrity Conference Room
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
What happens to my results?
The results of the baseline test are stored in the Affinity Health System secured server, which is maintained by ImPACT®. Test results are accessed after a concussion occurs, at which time, the baseline results are compared to a post-injury test. Post-injury tests are to be scheduled separately at an Affinity concussion provider clinic.
How do I access my results?
Hopefully you will never need to access your results. Baseline results are accessed only after a concussion occurs. If your son/daughter sustains a concussion after taking their baseline test, an appointment should be made with a specially trained Affinity concussion physician. The results will be available at the appointment and reviewed by the physician.
How to register?
Contact Affinity NurseDirect
at (920) 738-2230 in the Fox Cities, (920) 231-6578 in Oshkosh or toll-free 1-800-362-9900. Or click here to register online
How to prepare for the baseline test:
Continue to take any prescribed medications for ADD or ADHD; even if you typically stop taking it during the summer, please continue until after the test.
Bring a signed copy of the ImPACT permission slip. (Affinity NurseDirect will send this to you after you register.)
If 18 years or older, bring a valid ID and/or proof of identity.
If under 18 years old, a parent and/or guardian must be present. Parents will accompany their child into the testing lab to complete the demographics portion; however, parents will NOT be allowed to remain in the computer lab during the test. A waiting room will be available for parents during testing.
Please do not bring other children who are not completing the test. The computer labs have limited space available.
Please refrain from strenuous exercise for three hours prior to taking the test.
Prior to testing, get plenty of rest. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of water the day of the test. Good rest, nutrition and hydration are very important to feeling your best on testing day.