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Concussion

Acute concussion:

orthostatic hypertension (stand up and light headed/dizzy)

Not all baseline testing is created equal.

It is important to consider who will treat an athlete in the event that a concussion is suspected and what information will be the most useful to that healthcare provider. Unlike typical “baseline tests,” the information gathered in a Brain Health Baseline Test at The Sports Neurology Clinic is useful to any healthcare provider caring for a concussed athlete, without the burden of additional training or certification.

 

What is Baseline Testing?

Baseline testing is a generic term for an evaluation of brain function when an athlete is healthy and uninjured. Results from the baseline test can be used for comparison by a health care professional if an athlete has a suspected concussion and serves as an extension of the physicians physical examination.

 

Completing a proper baseline test will allow for a more effective diagnosis and return-to-play process. 

A good baseline evaluation should include a personal and family medical history, prior concussion(s) history and medications. It is important to note any neurological conditions that may recovery after a concussion, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety or migraine headache.  

 

 

Brain Health Baseline Testing

Brain Health Baseline Testing is the best way to prepare in the event you suffer a concussion. 

At The Sports Neurology Clinic, we understand that each concussion, and each patient, requires an individualized approach. We believe in using a unique and comprehensive assessment, and model this through our personalized, case-by-case approach to patient care. Knowing how your brain functions when you are healthy gives you a competitive edge to your recovery.

Performed by our concussion experts, Brain Health Baseline Testing at The Sports Neurology Clinic takes 15-30 minutes and collects the following information:

  • History: personal and family medical history, prior concussion history, sport activity

  • Neurocognitive screen

  • Concussion focused neurological exam

The Sports Neurology Clinic will maintain a copy of the Brain Health Baseline Test. Copies are available to the athlete and/or family, upon request, at no additional charge.

Group rates are available. Please call us at, 810-522-6080, for more information.

Advanced Brain Health Baseline Testing

Some athletes will benefit from a more in-depth Brain Health Baseline due to pre-existing condition(s) and/or concerns. An advanced appointment with extended one-on-one time with one of our concussion experts provides a thorough assessment and opportunity for education. The advanced brain health baseline test is recommended when the athlete has a history of one of more of the following:

  • Prior concussion history

  • Migraine (or other headache disorder)

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • ADHD/ADD

  • Seizures/epilepsy

 

How often should an athlete have a baseline test?

The Sports Neurology Clinic recommends that Brain Health Baseline Testing be completed once every two years, unless there is a change to the athlete’s medical history or a suspected/confirmed concussion within the past year.