Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in conjunction with Norwood Youth Lacrosse is offering concussion baseline testing for its players.
Concussion Baseline Testing
Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in conjunction with Norwood Youth Lacrosse is offering concussion baseline testing for its players. Concussion awareness and treatment has become an essential concern for families of young athletes. Marathon is offering a great service at their Norwood location. We encourage you to read more about the testing and Marathon’s offering.
What is baseline testing? Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion.
Baseline testing should take place during the pre-season—ideally prior to the first practice. It is important to note that some baseline and concussion assessment tools are only suggested for use among athletes ages 11 years and older.
How is baseline testing information used if an athlete has a suspected concussion? Results from baseline testing can be used if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Comparing post-injury test results to baseline test results can assist health care professionals in identifying the effects of the injury and making more informed return to school and play decisions.
Concussion Risk Assessment
Cost: $25/ athlete
Each athlete will undergo a two part assessment prior to participation in their sports
Part I - Evaluation by Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer. This involves a cervical assessment, neurological testing, balance testing and strength testing.
Part II - Computerized Neurocognitive test using IMPACT software. This 30 minute computer test measures the athlete’s brain function including memory, processing speed and reaction time.
In the event an athlete suffers what is deemed to be a concussion, he/she can schedule an appointment with Marathon PT to perform a clinical evaluation and take the IMPACT test again. Results will be measured against their baseline test to determine severity and help guide management and safe return to play. This initial visit is at no additional cost to the athlete.
Robert Barksdale, MS, PT, CMPT, ATC, CSCS
Director of Sports Medicine Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
99 Vanderbilt Ave. Norwood, MA 02062 Office: (781) 352-5400