Baseline Concussion Testing

What is a concussion?

A concussion is defined as a minor traumatic brain injury that may result in temporary loss of brain function. It can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head and does not always result in loss of consciousness. A concussion can cause a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms.

What is baseline concussion screen and why is it important?

The baseline test, called a SCAT3,  is a basic in-office neurological screen that is used to measure an individual’s cognitive function including memory, concentration and orientation as well as balance and coordination. A series of questions and physical tasks are performed to establish a preseason baseline score.  Completing preseason concussion screening is important because after a concussion occurs, athletes may suffer from a delay in both cognitive and physical symptoms which may not be recognized as a concussion.

What Happens if you suffer from a Concussion? 

If you happen to suffer from a concussion, it is recommended you seek immediate medical attention from a qualified health care professional. Within 24 hours after a head injury or fall a SCAT3 can be redone and compared to the baseline score to show any cognitive or physical deficits.