What is baseline testing? Baseline testing is a series of standardized exams used to assess an athletes balance, brain function, and symptoms. Results of the baseline test can be used to compare to a follow-up exam if the athlete has a suspected concussion
What is included in VSCC baseline testing? Clinical Visit Neurologic history Symptoms Checklist Modified Balance Error Scoring System (mBESS) ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)Test
What is included in VSCC baseline testing? On-Site/Mass Testing Symptoms Checklist ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)Test
VSCC Neurological History
ImPACT Test Module 1: Word Discrimination Module 2: Design Memory Module 3: Xs and Os Module 4: Symbol Matching Module 5: Color Match Module 6: Three Letter Memory _______________________________________________ These subtests yield scores in Verbal Memory, Visual Memory, Visual Motor (Processing) Speed, and Reaction Time
When should an athlete be baseline tested? Pre-season, before contact Currently, ages 12 years old up.
How often should an athlete be baseline tested? Every 2 years Unless an athlete has suffered a concussion, new ADD/ADHD, or a learning disability diagnosis. mBESS and symptoms checklists should be performed yearly.
Who should administer the baseline test? A trained healthcare professional (MD, DO, ATC, PhD, PT) The testing environment should be quiet and free from distractions Computer-based testing should not be performed at home or anywhere without supervision
Who should interpret the test results? A healthcare professional trained in concussion management
What are we looking for in these tests after a concussion? We are expecting that the athletes test scores on all the measures will have returned to the baseline values. This would indicate that the athlete has most likely recovered from the concussion.
Concussion Baseline Testing for All Now Available A concussion is an urgent medical problem and we strive to evaluate patients within 72 hours of injury. Call us to make an appointment. (615) 875-VSCC (8722)