What is a Baseline Test?
A concussion baseline test is a pre-season examination that is used to assess an athlete’s cognitive (brain) and physical functions. The baseline testing will help to evaluate each athlete’s ‘normal’ levels before the season begins. If a player sustains a concussion, a trained health professional can compare the post-injury test results with the pre-season baseline results to help determine a proper management program for safe return-to-play timelines.
What is included with a Baseline Test?
A baseline test can include different types of assessment procedures, such as ImPACT computerized neurocognitive testing, Sway mobile balance and reaction time testing, and visual coordination assessment, depending on what package is chosen. Each procedure is an important tool in helping demonstrate any physical or cognitive deficiencies a person may have following a concussion.
What is ImPACT computer testing?
ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test that stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment Cognitive Testing. ImPACT is an online program that has been developed by the University of Pittsburgh to help assist in the detection and management of concussion type injuries. It is currently used by professional sporting teams in the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA. The specialized software is used to evaluate multiple neurocognitive functions such as memory, attention span, processing speed, problem solving and reaction time, all of which can be affected following a concussion.
How long does a Baseline Test take?
A baseline test can vary depending on what cognitive or physical areas are being tested. The baseline test can range from 30-60 minutes. A portion of the baseline test is used to educate the person being tested on the signs and symptoms, and proper management of a concussion. This is a very important part of the baseline because knowledge is the best measure for prevention.