All athletes who sustain a concussion-no matter how
minor-should undergo an evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider
before returning to play. Athletes can return to play after they are
completely free of all symptoms of a concussion and remain symptom free
during and after physical testing.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine if the brain has healed
from a concussion; even after all symptoms have resolved, healing may
not be complete. Neurocognitive testing can be a very helpful tool in
determining brain function. With a comparison to a baseline test, this
evaluation can be used in conjunction with a physician's examination to
reduce future risks.
Baseline testing collects data on an athlete's cognitive and physical
abilities prior to suffering the concussion. Baseline testing can
include a neurocognitive evaluation (usually by computer) that tests
multiple areas of brain function, including memory, problem solving,
reaction times, and brain processing speeds. Symptom checklists,
sideline assessment tools such as the Sideline Concussion Assessment
Tool (SCAT), and balance testing are other examples of baseline
evaluations that may be helpful.
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