What is it?
A baseline test is an evaluation that is taken before any concussion, activity or treatment has occurred. Baseline testing data is valuable in determining the athletes’ pre-injury (normal) level of cognitive and physical functioning. Should a concussion be sustained, the testing can be repeated and compared to baseline levels to determine the extent of the injury. It is a tool in our toolbox in which we feel is an effective concussion management strategy because it measures what we can’t see – cognitive (brain) function. Many Healthcare Professionals believe that physical testing is also vital at baseline and after-injury because it gives us a more complete clinical picture and helps target proper rehabilitation and safe return-to-participation. Baseline information can also then be gathered after an athlete has completely recovered from the symptoms of a concussion to establish a new baseline level of cognitive and physical functioning.
Why it’s important?
Baseline or pre-season evaluation is an essential part of the concussion management process. It can help medical staff evaluate a concussion thereby able to develop a specific treatment plan for recovery. It allows the athlete to safely return to play safer; in giving, parents, coaches, trainers, and the athlete themselves comfort that they have returned to the previous level of performance and are symptom free before returning to play.
What stopconcussions.com is doing?
Through our mandate to educate and create awareness surrounding concussions, we have done our research and have teamed up with three organizations designed to help you through the detection and management of a concussion. The following tests and clinic should all be a part of your concussion toolbox. The more tools and information that we have, the better we are able to react and aid an individual should a concussion occur.
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Shift Concussions Management is
1) Comprehensive baseline assessment: Shift offers a comprehensive and thorough individual or team-based testing procedure involving pre-season assessment of cognitive function AND physical performance (balance, coordination, strength).
2) After Injury Care: Includes post-concussion physical assessment, rehabilitative and therapeutic strategies, and medical reporting/interprofessional communication where required. Shift has also developed a standardized return-to-participation protocol designed to challenge athletes in the final stage of recovery with various sport-specific tasks to better determine readiness to return to athletic activity.
3) Education: Shift, in affiliation with Stopconcussions.com, provides an educational platform on concussive head injury for athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents, teachers, and health professionals. We believe that partnership and communication between all involved in an injured athlete’s care produces the most successful results.
= $50 per player
Small Group (min. 6 athletes)
= $60 per player
Post-concussion management costs will vary by case and Healthcare practitioner
*The majority of post-concussion management and rehabilitation services are covered under extended benefit plans
King-Devick Test is an objective sideline concussion screening test that can be administered by coaches, athletic trainers, medical professionals and parents in less than two minutes. King-Devick Test aids in identifying athletes with head trauma and has particular relevance to football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball and all contact or collision activities.
King-Devick Test serves as a removal from play concussion screening test. This means that the test can be administered on the sidelines of sporting events immediately after a suspected head injury and helps objectively determine whether players should be removed from competition as a result of concussion.
The two-minute test involves the athlete reading single digit numbers displayed on three cards and captures impairments of eye movement, attention, language and other symptoms of impaired brain function. The test is taken at the beginning of the season to establish a baseline healthy score for the individual, and if their post injury score indicates that they are not fit to play, they should be removed immediately. Further testing should be completed to accurately diagnose the injury.
King-Devick Test is a useful tool in combating unreported and undetected concussions; helping prevent the serious consequences of repetitive concussions and second impact syndrome.
$45 = 1 Physical Test,
10 Score Sheets,
$5 = 50 Score Sheets
$45 = 1-3 Athletes
$150 = 4-20 Athletes
$350 = 21-100 Athletes
$750 = 101-300 Athletes
$1000 = 301-500 Athletes
$1750 = 501-1000 Athletes
All Packages Include: Physical Tests
Score Sheets Stopwatches
One Year Access to the King-Devick Test Online System
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Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, widely known as ImPACT, is the most widely used computerized concussion evaluation method. It is a scientifically validated testing system that can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete’s post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion, and second impact syndrome. ImPACT testing was created in a way so that it can be performed by anyone who has been trained in baseline testing methods. This is a valuable component, as you don’t have to be a specialist to administer this test.
ImPACT testing takes only about 20 minutes to complete, and effectively aids the facilitator in testing, measuring and analyzing the athlete so that they can gain valuable information on the athlete’s mental state.
Professional Advisory Boards
Customized Testing and Program