Baseline testing serves as valuable tool for concussion recovery

Concussions remain a hot topic in athletics, and baseline testing has become a valuable tool in helping medical personnel determine when it’s safe for an athlete to return to action after suffering one.

The neurocognitive evaluation establishes a record of an athlete’s cognition while he or she is healthy. If the athlete later suffers an injury in which a concussion is suspected, the test can be repeated and compared to the original assessment.

Navarre football coach Jay Walls, who has been coaching for more than 30 years, remembers a time when pre-tests for concussions were nonexistent.

For the past four years, student-athletes at area high schools have undergone the baseline testing in the summer at no cost to them through the efforts of the Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Outreach Program.

“It’s definitely a good service and it’s helpful,” Walls said. “The baseline test is a good starting point and helps kids understand what concussion symptoms are.”

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