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ImPACT cognitive baseline testing service for players

Concussion management

Dover Sherborn Soccer Cub is very serious about protecting our players from brain injuries.  

In an effort to help identify and manage concussions among our young athletes, DS Soccer Club, in conjunction with DS Boys Lacrosse, DS Hoops and DS Girls Lacrosse, will be offering the ImPACT Concussion Management service for our 5th-8th grade players this spring.

This service will be free to all our players and involves taking a short, web-based set of memory and reaction tests that establish a neuro-cognitive baseline for your son or daughter. While these tests are optional, we strongly recommend that all players in grades 5-8 be baseline tested.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is my child required to take the test?

No.  However we recommend all take advantage of this free service.

How much will the test cost?

The test is free to all in our program. 

Are the test results confidential?

Yes. A test administrator, most likely a team coach or manager, will review the results to make sure there are no problems (incomplete test, skewed results, etc).  The results will be stored on a secure server.  Baseline tests can be downloaded by the program administrator (in 2016 this will be Carolyn Ringel – in the event a parent needs these results for medical purposes.

Please note - this is not a pass/fail test. It simply provides a baseline that can be used for comparison purposes in the event of a head injury.

Is this the same test that is being offered to all DSHS students?

Yes. DSHS mandates that all students take the baseline test regardless of their class, sport or activity. ImPACT is a program used by the National Football League, the National Hockey League, many minor league teams, and many college and high school programs across the nation.

Why isn’t this testing offered to players in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades?

ImPACT testing has been determined to be less effective with children under 10 and since the vast majority of our players in these grades are younger than 10, we are not offering to them at this time.

How often is my child advised to take this test?

The baseline test should be taken every 2 years.

How will the test be administered?

The test is run on a computer connected to the internet. We will use the computers in the lab at DS Middle School. A coach, team manager and/or volunteer parent will be in the lab to supervise the test. The baseline assessment will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

How can the test help if my daughter sustains a possible concussion?

If an athlete suffers a head injury, the program administrator can print out the results of the test and give them to the parent so they can be shared with your primary care physician.

In many cases your primary care physician may not have the ability to use the test results effectively. DS Youth Sports has partnered with Dr. Neal McGrath, a neuropsychologist and recognized expert in the field of traumatic brain injuries. If desired, parents can make an appointment with Dr. McGrath for further evaluation. He can issue a post-injury ImPACT test and compare the results to the athlete’s original test. From there he can determine and recommend the appropriate care for your child.

How can I get a copy of the test results?

If your child sustains a (suspected) concussion and you want a copy of the test results for aid in diagnosis and recovery, contact Carolyn Ringel – 

How are the test results used?

The test results can be used by any qualified ImPACT testing facility. Our tests are administered by Sports Concussion New England (contact information below) and Dr. Neal McGrath. Children's Hospital is another local facility that uses the ImPACT tests. Note that it is unlikely your GP will have been trained in using these tests as an aid in diagnosing a concussion or in the recovery process.


If you choose to visit with Dr. McGrath, you can contact them for an appointment at 617-553-8096. They can access your child's test results through their system (you don't need us to email them to you). They accept most health insurance plan. Office hours at M - F 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Information can also be found on their website at



1368 Beacon Street - Suite 116

Brookline MA 02446


Where can I learn more about concussions, concussion management, ImPACT testing and Dr. Neal McGrath? 

•      A good video from an athlete who had a serious concussion:

•      A good video from the mom of the athlete above:

•      Further information on ImPACT can be found on the web at

•      Further information on Dr. McGrath can be found at

•      Guide for Recognizing Concussions from the CDC

•      Fact Sheet for Athletes to Help Them Understand Concussions