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$10 Baseline Concussion Testing
Concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries in our student athletes and ConvenientMD is at the forefront of managing them. This includes: pre-season baseline concussion teaching and education along with baseline ImPACT testing; concussion evaluation after an injury; post-injury testing and treatment plans; and pediatric/adult referrals for safe return-to-play. Our goal is always to protect the long-term health of our patient athletes.
All athletes should have a baseline test prior to engaging in sports
We recommend baseline neurocognitive testing at least every two years. ConvenientMD’s computerized ImPACT assessment tool can help objectively evaluate the athlete.
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ConvenientMD also recommends a screening medical exam for all school-age children and adolescents participating in any sport or physical activity. Part of this process includes a discussion of recent or prior concussions. More information about our school and sports physicals are available here.
Taking the Test
It is highly recommended that anyone participating in athletics have a comprehensive baseline test. For the test to be meaningful, individuals must be at least ten years of age. The complete test takes approximately 45 minutes.
After a Suspected Concussion Occurs
Any athlete experiencing a head injury in which there is a loss of consciousness (i.e., “knocked out”), a change in mental status (i.e., “dazed, confused, disoriented”), or neurological deficits (i.e., visual changes, weakness, severe balance problems, seizure movements, worsening headache, etc.) should be transported to and evaluated in a hospital emergency department.
All other head injuries can be initially evaluated in the urgent care setting with sports concussion assessment testing, balance and postural testing, and a thorough physical and neurological exam.
Post-Injury Testing, Treatment Plans
Athletes will be provided with post-concussion care instructions. This may include an on-site re-evaluation, a symptom score card, and repeat ImPACT testing. All concussed patients will be referred to their primary care physician, and may be referred to a neurologist who specializes in concussion management or a hospital-based concussion center.
Determining Safe Return to Play
ConvenientMD follows the NHIAA six stage medical clearance return to play protocol. We will collaborate with your pediatrician, team physician, athletic trainer, and concussion specialist to evaluate your return to play.
Concussions occur when the brain moves forcefully inside the skull. Most concussions resolve in 7-10 days but recovery may be longer in children and adolescents. You don’t have to lose consciousness to have had a concussion. Many head injuries go undetected, especially in younger athletes. Many athletes tend to under-report symptoms because they don’t want to stop participating.
Remember, it’s important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to complete baseline testing and post-injury neurocognitive testing. Prior to a concussion, individuals can take an initial test which will establish that person’s baseline neurocognitive functioning. Should a concussion occur, the test will be repeated. Once scores return to a baseline range, the athlete can resume play, and prevent the cumulative effects of the head injury. Our goal is always to protect the long-term health of our athletes.
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