The takedown of the ImPACT quacks by Peter Keating of ESPN proves every bit as accurate and devastating as expected. The only problem is that the ESPN website buries the article. But with an advanced degree in site search, you’ll find it here:
“Concussion test may not be panacea,” http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8297794/neuropsychological-testing-concussions-not-panacea
Bravo. I only wish Keating had been given more space here to confront the executives of ImPACT Applications and its patrons: the National Football League, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods , and others. (There’s a prepared toss-off defensive statement by ImPACT chief Mark Lovell.)
UPMC and ImPACT are the dream of an investigative reporter and the nightmare of public health – combining bad medical science, profiteering, and doubletalk. Back in March, Dustin Fink of the Concussion Blog wondered about ImPACT’s “recovery predictor model.” Chuck Finder, who had swung through the revolving door to the UPMC media relations office after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette downsized him, wrote back to Fink that the recovery predictor study did not have a “traditional control group.” See https://concussioninc.net/?p=5367,
You’re killing me, UPMC. Me and the kids of America.