«Vanderbilt University to Offer Comprehensive and Uniform Concussion Management | Home | Mechanism Found for Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson's Disease»

Arizona expands baseline neurocognitive testing to middle school students

The Mayo Clinic announced the extension of the statewide baseline cognitive concussion testing initiative to middle school students in Arizona. In early June, Mayo Clinic announced that it would provide baseline cognitive concussion testing to all high school athletes in Arizona at no cost. Now, all youth athletes involved in middle school sports can receive complimentary baseline cognitive concussion testing.

Baseline and after-injury cognitive concussion testing measures how the brain is working before and after a concussive brain injury. The testing is mandated in professional and collegiate athletics but not in scholastic athletics involving youth athletes.

The test can be taken from any computer with Internet access, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the athlete or parent can share the results with athletic trainers and directors, as well as health care providers of their choice.  Testing will be performed on students age 12 and older. 

Since cognitive (brain) functions such as information processing speed, learning and memory often recover more slowly than other physical symptoms, it is important to monitor the results of these brain functioning tests after an injury to be able to determine when it is truly safe for the athlete to return to play.

In New York State, the Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council, which I chair, has recommended that baseline neurocognitive testing be mandated in all school based athletic programs.  Hopefully this testing will become mandatory as part of the regulations that must be implemented following passage of concussion safety legislation earlier this year.

|

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
Trackback link

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Arizona expands baseline neurocognitive testing to middle school students:

Comments

The comments to this entry are closed.