A concussion is an injury to your brain. The brain does not work right for a while after a concussion. You may have problems with things like memory, balance, concentration, judgment, and coordination. Your brain will need time to heal after a concussion. Most will have a full recovery with the proper rest and monitoring.
What is concussion baseline testing?
The best way to evaluate, diagnose and assess the recovery of a concussion is to compare a patient’s post-injury test results to their pre-injury test results. A concussion baseline test involves having an evaluation performed prior to an injury, so if the unfortunate does occur, there is information for comparison.
Our concussion specialists use ImPACT™, a neurocognitive test developed by the University of Pittsburgh Neurosciences Center. It is the most widely used test and currently the choice of the MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS and NFL.
Where can I get a baseline concussion test?
The Kansas City hospitals of HCA Midwest Health partner with local school and community sports programs to offer sports medicine services, educational programs and testing for prevention and treatment of concussions. The concussion management program helps ensure a culture of “Safety First,” and is a significant part of our commitment to student athletes. Check with your program to see baseline testing is offered.
If your child’s school or athletic group is not offering baseline testing, you can make an appointment at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The testing takes about 45 minutes and any child, age 5 and up, is eligible. Testing is recommended every two years.
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