What is Concussion Baseline Testing?

Baseline testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can provide healthcare practitioners with an objective benchmark on which to compare should an athlete sustain a concussion.

Why is Concussion Baseline Testing Important?

A concussion impacts how the brain functions, and as a result, cannot be detected by MRI or other brain scans. Because symptoms often resolve before full recovery of the brain, one of the best methods currently available to establish concussion recovery and assist healthcare practitioners in making safer return to sport decisions is multimodal baseline testing.

Although not required for all athletes, the purpose of a multimodal baseline test (administered before a sports season starts) is to measure various areas of brain function that could become affected following a concussion. This information helps healthcare practitioners to compare an athlete’s post-injury state to their baseline parameters to help make an accurate diagnosis and establish their level of recovery.

Utilizing a series of physical and cognitive tests has demonstrated improved accuracy and reliability compared to using a single test in isolation. Our comprehensive baseline testing includes:

·       Concussion & Medical History

·       Symptom Score

·       Orientation

·       Auditory Memory

·       Concentration

·       Visual Tracking & Processing Speed

·       Balance & Proprioception

·       Reaction Time

·       Strength & Motor Performance

·       Delayed Recall

·       Neuropyschological Testing

Of note, research shows that computerized neuropsychological testing is insufficient on its own; however, is a useful tool as part of a comprehensive, multimodal baseline test.

Wondering if a baseline test is right for you or your child? Contact a recognized CCMI clinic for more information.

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