Mar 21, 2016 / Sports Medicine
Athletic Trainers and Baseline Testing – Sports Medicine
The Sports Medicine team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus would not be complete without our athletic trainers. In conjunction with Athletic Training month, established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, we are celebrating our athletic trainers Josh Stevens, A.T.C., L.A.T., and Jamie Wightman, A.T.C., L.A.T.
Like many of their peers working on the sidelines of youth sports events, one of their roles in our clinic is to administer post-injury testing for patients who have, or may have, had a concussion. They perform a series of tests, including balance testing that helps with diagnosing a concussion and the return-to-learn and return-to-play decision-making process.
One tool we use to assess the brain’s ability to function is the ImPACT™ online testing software. It includes tests for memory and reaction time, among other neurocognitive measures. The results are most useful when the provider can compare them to a preseason baseline version. We recommend these for athletes 10 years and older who play contact sports.
Learn more about sports concussions or schedule a baseline testing appointment with one of our athletic trainers.