Age: 12 and older (4-11 yr testing iPad testing is available in our office)
Test components: cognitive function (Balance assessment available in our office)
Requirements: Personal computer
Length: 25-30 minutes
Cost: $25 (paid via PayPal)
Results: Email after completion for results (email@example.com)
Age: 8 and older
Test components: cognitive function and balance assessment
Requirements: Smart phone app
Length: 10 minutes
Cost: $30 (paid via PayPal)
Results: Results will be emailed by SportGait after test completed. With questions about test interpretation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many options for concussion baseline testing. Baseline tests allows post-injury comparison to pre-injury norms, providing confidence in allowing full return to academic and athletic participation. Areas evaluated in concussion baseline tests include cognitive function (ImPACT, Axon/CogSport, SWAY, SportGait), balance (BioSway, BESS, SWAY, SportGait) and oculomotor function (VOMS). Because all areas can be affected after a concussion, it is important to ensure athletes have returned to their personal expected performance in all areas before concussion clearance.
ImPACT was one of the very first concussion cognitive test baseline and post-injury test platforms. SportsSafe has been using ImPACT since 2010. In recent years, new tests have developed. Like ImPACT, each test has pros and cons. What’s most important is not the specific baseline test(s), but that each child/teen has a baseline and that a post-injury comparison can prove return to baseline before being cleared from a concussion.
To obtain a baseline using the ImPACT cognitive test, purchase the test below via PayPal. The test is done at home with a personal computer and takes 25-30 minutes. After purchase, PayPal should redirect you to a webpage where you click the link “ImPACT baseline testing instructions.” This page will detail computer requirements and instructions for test-takers to read prior to testing. If PayPal does not redirect you, please click here to be redirected to test instructions. If additional assistance is needed, please email email@example.com.
Historically, concussion baseline testing has involved using multiple tests, one assessing cognitive function (ImPACT, Axon/CogSport, SWAY), another evaluating balance (BioSway, BESS, SWAY) and a third evaluation of oculomotor function (VOMS). Because all areas can be affected after a concussion, it is important to ensure athletes have returned to their personal expected performance after a concussion before clearance. SportGait has now created one test to evaluate the most important 2/3 areas.
If your child/teen has previously tested with another modality (ImPACT, Axon/CogSport, SWAY), these are still very useful assessments and post-injury testing can be done using those same tests to serve as a comparison. When due for an updated baseline, it’s your choice to either continue with previous testing modality (ImPACT, Axon/CogSport, SWAY) or begin testing with SportGait. What’s most important is not the specific test taken, but that each child/teen has a baseline and that a post-injury comparison can prove return to baseline before being cleared from a concussion.
SportGait testing at home requires a smart phone for which the SportGait app can be downloaded. Testing takes approximately 10 minutes and, once complete, results will be emailed by SportGait. These results will also be kept on file with SportsSafe, to serve as a comparison, were a concussion to occur. After purchasing the test via PayPal, PayPal should redirect you to a webpage where you click the link “SportGait Home Baseline Testing,” launching specific test instructions.