Baseline concussion testing is a pre season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athletes balance and brain function as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms.
Baseline testing should take place during the pre – season (ideal before the first practice) and is best performed in children over 10 years of age.
What’s included in a baseline test?:
Baseline testing should include tests that assess an athletes ability to balance, pay attention or concentrate, learning and memory skills, problem solving and eye function. At MHMG we use the following tests:
- Sport Concussion Assessment Tool – 6 (SCAT6)
- EyeGuide /oculomotor testing.
- Balance Testing
How is this information used in a suspected concussion?
Results from baseline testing can be used if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Comparing post injury results to baseline test results can assist health care professionals in identifying the effects of the injury and making more informed return to school and play decisions.
Relying on symptoms to determine recovery is not recommended. If you have had a concussion and are showing no more symptoms, this does not mean you have fully recovered.
Post injury testing helps indicate that you’re functionally recovery and can be more confident returning to sport.
How often should you baseline test?:
Baseline testing is recommended annually.