Nutrition is a key factor in elite athletic performance and plays a vital role in competing at a higher level. Enhancing performance through proper fueling and recovery enables athletes to reach their full potential on the ice. Healthy nutritional behavior is instilled in the Nashville Jr. Predators. We strive to provide guidance tailored to each athlete. As a team, we believe that nutrition is the competitive edge players need to become elite athletes.
My name is Dr. James Lohse and I am your medical director for the Nashville Elite Hockey Club (NEHC) otherwise known as the Nashville Jr. Predators.
What is ImPACT?
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most scientifically validated computerized neurocognitive test used by more than 7,400 high schools and 1,000 colleges and universities to help evaluate and manage suspected concussions. Since 2006, over 7.5 million individuals have taken the ImPACT test.
ImPACT comes in two forms:
Baseline Test – Administered by a physician, clinical assistant, or athletic trainer before the start of a hockey season. Baseline scores are collected and stored on our HIPAA compliant server. ImPACT recommends re-administering the baseline test every two years.
Post-Injury Test – Administered by your medical director or a licensed healthcare provider when a concussion is suspected. Test results are compared to baseline scores and/or normative data scores as part of a healthcare provider's assessment of the injury. Multiple post-injury tests may be given to an individual during the course of treatment and rehabilitation.
Here's How ImPACT Works:
25-minute computerized, test for ages 10 and above
Delivered via a secure web portal
Taken via a desktop computer that has an internet connection and a mouse
Administered in the presence of a physician, clinical assistant, or athletic trainer (only a licensed healthcare provider can administer an ImPACT post-injury test)
Results interpreted by your medial director or a licensed healthcare provider
What does ImPACT measure?
The test tracks an athlete’s symptoms and measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning, including attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Concussions are very difficult to diagnose and symptoms may not appear immediately. Children, teens and athletes of any age or level may be reluctant to admit or address the possibility of a concussion, either because the effects are so subtle or because they may want to return to their normal activities as soon as possible.
Today, play of all types is harder and faster, resulting in a steady incline in concussion rates estimated at 4-5 million annually - including an emerging trend among younger middle school athletes. In addition, because of a greater awareness for the long-term medical effects of concussions, legislation in almost every state across the U.S. is driving greater accountability for the management of concussions.
Recognize the general signs and symptoms of concussion (below). For more information, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers comprehensive resources about concussions.