Baseline Testing (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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The following information is taken from information presented on February 2, 2015 by Andrea Winarski (Head Trainer UMHA) and Elisabeth White (NP Neurosurgery Outreach Sick Kids) The presentation also contained a disclaimer as follows: "The information presented during this education session is provided as general information and learning and should not replace advice or treatment provided by your family physician or healthcare provider.  It is not intended to be used to treat, or prevent concussion.  For specific medical concerns, please consult your healthcare provider or family physician."

What is Baseline Testing?
A test taken Pre Season before an injury occurs that establishes your child’s "baseline" function as an athlete.

Provides Valuable Data Determining Your Child’s:
- Cognitive Function (learning, memory, processing speed, accuracy)
- Balance/Coordination/Neurological Function
- Strength and Endurance Testing


What Are The Types of Baseline Testing?
There are various types of baseline testing available including:
- Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool – 3rd Edition (SCAT3 ages 5-12yrs)
- Sport Concussion Assessment Tool – 3rd Edition (SCAT3 aged 13yrs+)
- Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT)
- Dynavision D2
- King Devick Optometry Test

Who Should Be Tested and How Often?
 - Any Child Playing Hockey Who is at Risk for a Concussion
 - Repeat Testing After the Recovery of a Concussion to Compare Results to Baseline
 - All Athletes Under the Age of 20 years Should be Tested Yearly
(Stop Concussions Foundation)
 - All Athletes Over the Age of 20 Years Every 2 Years
(Stop Concussions Foundation)

How Can My Child Benefit From Baseline Testing?
If your child sustains a concussion, Baseline Testing is repeated after recovery when your child is symptom free to ensure he/she has healed and returned to their "norm" or baseline.

Concussions produce a wide array of symptoms making it challenging for coaches, trainers, parents and healthcare professionals. With Baseline Testing healthcare professionals evaluating a concussion can customize a treatment plan for recovery and can use the data to help others through research.

Recovery is individual for each child and the time to recovery varies. Typically children recover in 7-10 days. Baseline Testing provides a meaningful comparison against a post-concussion assessment.

This allows for your child to safely return to play sooner; giving parents, coaches, trainers, and the athlete comfort that they have returned to the previous level of performance and symptom level before returning to play.

Please contact your physician for further information about Baseline Testing

Sick Kids and the Unionville Minor Hockey Association do not endorse any specific baseline test

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