Community Baseline Project - Pre-Concussion Testing - Oshkosh

Community Baseline Project offers a Baseline ImPACT ® test for athletes. These tests are done before injury to establish a baseline score

Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play. It is estimated that more than 25% of athletes will suffer a concussion during his or her high school career. Moreover, if the athlete has a history of concussion they are almost 5 times more likely to suffer an additional concussion during high school.

Ascension 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, Ascension Medical Group has partnered with ImPACT® in an effort to provide state-of-the-art 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 to establish a baseline “or normal” cognitive score.

ImPACT: What is it?
ImPACT's test is computerized and takes about 25 minutes to complete. ImPACT recommends that it be administered by an ImPACT trained athletic trainer, team doctor or psychologist. Baseline tests are valid for two years, but annual testing is recommended. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion.

If a concussion is suspected, please contact an Ascension provider who is clinically trained in concussion management and ImPACT. A complete list can be found by contacting Nurse Direct at 1-800-362-9900.

Testing takes approximately 25 minutes. Please plan on appointment taking up to 60 minutes for proper instruction and directions.

Costs: $10 per Baseline test

St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Appleton, WI
Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh, WI

Frequency: Starting at the age of 12 years old, Baseline tests are valid for two years (ImPACT recommends that the athlete be at least 12 years of age at the time of the test; however, this is not a requirement. Please note that if your child is younger than 12 years old at the time of the test he/she will not be able to compare his/her test to the normative data collected by ImPACT, but he/she will be able to compare his/her results to their own baseline if a post-injury test is administered).

What happens to my results?
The results of the baseline are stored in the Ascension 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. You will need your Passport ID for physician to access the results of the baseline test. Post-injury tests are to be scheduled separately at an Ascension 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 Ascension concussion physician. The results will be available at the appointment and reviewed by the physician.

**Be sure to print off the the attachment from your e-mail confirmation letter that you will receive - it contains the program consent form.

If you have questions regarding Community Baseline Project, please feel free to contact class director, Evan Schmidt, at (920) 257-9478 or Evan.Schmidt@ascension.org.


Schatz, P., R. Karpf, E. Rush and R. Scolaro Moser. Prevalence of Concussion, Post-Concussion Assessments, and Days to Medical Clearance in High School Students. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2014 Sep; 29(6):591-592.

  1. https://help.concussionmanagement.com/knowledge-base/why-is-baseline-testing-annual/
  2. https://impactconcussion.com/how-to-check-for-concussion/

Schatz, P., R. Karpf, E. Rush and R. Scolaro Moser. Prevalence of Concussion, Post-Concussion Assessments, and Days to Medical Clearance in High School Students. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2014 Sep; 29(6):591-592.

https://help.concussionmanagement.com/knowledge-base/ why-is-baseline-testing-annual/