Concussion Assessment Tools
FAQ's About Baseline Testing and Young Athletes (CDC)
Answers common questions about baseline testing among young athletes, including an overview of what it is, when it should be done, and who is qualified to conduct it.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Alert April 2019
The US FDA isconcerned that products that do not have FDA clearance or approval are being marketed to individuals, including parents and caregivers, athletic coaches, and health care providers for the assessment, diagnosis, or management of a head injury, including concussion. The FDA reminds individuals to seek treatment by a health care provider if any head injury, including concussion, is suspected. Click here to view the alert regarding the use of non-FDA approved medical devices to assess head injury (4/10/19)
Neurocognitive Computerized Testing Concussion Assessment Tools
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)- Baseline and post-inury computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services. Post-injury tests assist doctors in making return-to-play decisions. ImPACT is not used as a stand-alone tool or as a diagnostic instrument.
- ImPACT FAQ's-Provides an overview of administration of pre and post tests and technical assistance support.
- One year free subscription to ImPACT -Provided by Dicks Sporting Goods Foundation-PACE
Sideline Assessment Tools
These brief neuropsychological test batteries assess attention and memory function, are not meant to replace comprehensive neuropsychological testing or used as a stand-alone tool for the ongoing management of sports concussions.
SAC (Standardized Assessment of Concussion)- Designed for rapid concussion evaluation on the sidelines. SAC takes 5-10 minutes to administer and includes measures of orientation, immediate memory, concentration and delayed recall. The SAC also includes a brief neurological screen including questions about Loss of Consciousness (LOC) and Post-Traumatic Amnesia (PTA), and some co-ordination and movement tests. The outcome of the SAC is a ‘summary score' out of 30. A manual for the administration, scoring and interpretation of the SAC can be purchased from CMSi Medical Solutions, Stoughton MA, USA..
SCAT 3 (3rd Edition)- Standardized tool for evaluating iconcussion for ages 13 and older. The SCAt3 is designed for use by medical professionals. Preseason baseline testing with the SCAt3 can be helpful for interpreting post-injury test scores.
The ChildSCAT3- Standardized tool for evaluating for concussion for children ages 5-12. The ChildSCAT3 is designed for use by medical professionals Preseason baseline testing with the ChildSCAT3 can be helpful for interpreting post-injury test scores.
Page updated 4/11/19