It is estimated that between 10 to 15% of athletes in high-risk sports experience one concussion each year. While concussions are an unavoidable part of some sports, parents, coaches and players need to be aware that the management of a concussion is vital to one’s recovery. Most complications rarely arise from the initial head knock, but rather from how the concussion is managed post-impact. An important tool one can use to ensure the injury is managed effectively is A comprehensive multimodal baseline test performed in the pre-season.
What is baseline testing?
Baseline testing is a measurement of your cognitive function that is taken when one is healthy and uninjured. The process maps out the core functions of the brain, such as concentration, vision, memory and balance. In having an objective set of data, medical professionals can develop a better understanding of the athletes’ healthy state. This information can be used to make more informed and safer return-to-play decisions during the treatment process.
What does the process involve?
At BodyOptics, we recommend baseline testing be completed prior to the season, as it allows the data to be an accurate representation of a person’s normal state. This process is a short 20-minute consultation that involves the following:
- A comprehensive history of any previous head or neck injuries and headaches (if any)
- Testing the function and response of your cranial nerves and eyes – their ability to track objects, respond to light and visual acuity
- Reaction time
- Thinking speed and memory recall
Investing in baseline testing is an investment in the future health and wellbeing of yourself, your child or your team. Contact our expert physios at BodyOptics to find an appointment time that suits you on 0439 855 790 or visit our website to learn more.