Baseline Concussion Testing | Shaker Hockey 2021

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University Hospitals Management Services Center

3605 Warrensville Center Road

Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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Youth Baseline & ImPACT Testing

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Youth Baseline Concussion Testing (ages 7 - 12)

University Hospitals works closely with schools and sports organizations to provide state-of-the-art concussion management services for all ages, from youth to professional. In 2015, UH piloted a new comprehensive concussion testing program specifically targeting youth athletes. Due to its great success, UH is expanding this program by partnering with local youth organizations, to offer these services.

ImPACT Testing ( ages 13 & older)

Understanding the ImPACT Concussion Test

The ImPACT Test is not a tool to diagnose concussion, but rather an important piece of the overall concussion evaluation and management process. This sophisticated cognitive test can help health care professionals track recovery following concussion by assessing verbal memory, visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.

The ImPACT Test is an important piece of data that health care providers use to help determine recovery from concussion. When interpreted by trained specialists and used in conjunction with other concussion management tools, ImPACT testing can help a concussion management team make the right decisions regarding return to play and the need for additional treatment. Having baseline ImPACT testing does not prevent concussions or eliminate the need for evaluation by a physician. As long as contact to the head occurs, concussions will continue to happen and evaluation by a physician is essential before a decision to return to play can be made.

How Is the Testing Used?

Concussion testing is one important step in an overall concussion evaluation and management process. Athletes are encouraged to undergo baseline testing before their season begins. If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he or she should first seek evaluation/treatment by a doctor familiar with concussion management. After a period of recovery, concussion testing would then be repeated and interpreted by a concussion specialist to identify any meaningful changes and to help determine when it is safe to return to play.

Concussion testing would be utilized in one of two ways:

1) To confirm that an athlete has fully recovered prior to a return-to-play

2) To assist in concussion management and return to school (i.e., return-to-learn) if necessary


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Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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University Hospitals Sports Medicine is paving the way for a revolutionary approach to sports medicine care. Our multifaceted sports medicine program offers comprehensive specialty and subspecialty care for athletes of all ages and every skill level.

Starting with a proactive approach to sports injury prevention, UH Sports Medicine provides skilled expertise and knowledgeable resources for athletes, coaches and trainers. When sports-related injuries occur, our team brings this specially trained proficiency throughout the entire diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation process.

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