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Concussion Baseline Testing

Currently there is no reliable diagnostic test or marker that can be used to definitely identify a concussion, when it’s occurred, or similarly determine when a concussion has resolved. It is for this reason that there has been a growing emphasis on objective baseline testing protocols that can be used to track a patient’s recovery and serve as a tangible measurement for return-to-play readiness. By measuring an athlete’s “normal” level of functioning through baseline testing, Healthcare Providers are better able to gauge the level of impairment that may exist post-injury by performing comparative testing.

What is the value?

Baseline testing, although it lends value and objectivity, is never relied upon solely when determining return-to-play readiness. It provides a benchmark for each individual’s symptom reporting and cognitive/physical performance abilities. Healthcare Providers utilize an array of tools and several factors as part of their clinical decision-making process and the baseline testing is used to assist in these decisions regarding return to play preparation.

What does a baseline include?

As part of a complete evaluation, proper and complete baseline testing should include an assessment of the following areas commonly affected post-concussion:

  • Neurocognitive measures such as memory, reaction time, and processing speed
  • Visual coordination skills and Vestibular functions such as gaze stability
  • Balance and postural stability

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a baseline testing appointment.

Concussion Baseline Testing | Dr. Dale Byrne | (403) 287-5866