Washington University Orthopedics
With so much attention these days to concussions in sports, I think it is helpful to explain what exactly baseline testing is all about as I find there is much confusion over what it actually does. The term baseline testing is also often not used correctly in the media so I hope to clarify some of that as well.
The SCAT3 actually incorporates the SAC and the BESS into its testing protocol. The goal is to test someone with one or more of these tests preseason and then to test them after a suspected concussion has occurred. If someone performs worse after a suspected concussion than they did on their baseline test, that increases the likelihood significantly that the person being tested did sustain a concussion.
|Example of SCAT3 test which is freely downloadable to any individual free of charge|
|Example of the King-Devick Test|
|Example of one test in the ImPACT test battery|