Baseline Concussion Tests Are Essential For Student Athletes

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The Austin Sports Medicine Doctors at Medicine in Motion advocate for the use of concussion testing before athletes begin their sports seasons in order to establish baseline readings in case head injuries do occur during practice or game play.

Austin Sports Medicine - Medicine in Motion

Austin Sports Medicine - Medicine in Motion

The absolute best way to manage concussions is to have baseline testing prior to the start of a sports season.

Concussions are one of the most common and most difficult sports injuries to manage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1.6 million and 3.8 million brain injuries occur in sports each year, with around 63,000 affecting high school athletes. With recent advances in neuroscience, sports medicine clinicians are discovering new and better methods to protect brain health.

Sports concussion experts agree that the diagnosis of acute concussion usually involves the assessment of a range of domains, including clinical symptoms, physical signs, behavior, balance, sleep and cognition. Medicine in Motion's team of Austin sports medicine doctors uses special computerized testing to evaluate whether an athlete is suffering from a concussion. This tool, in combination with a physician evaluation, is the best way to determine the presence of a concussion and when it is resolved, thereby allowing an athlete to return to play.

"The absolute best way to manage concussions is to have baseline testing prior to the start of a sports season," said Dr. Martha Pyron, owner of Medicine in Motion. "If a head injury does occur, we then repeat the test for comparison. By doing this, there is a unique and direct comparison from healthy brain to concussion for the clinician to evaluate."

When to use concussion testing?

    1.    Athletes involved in contact sports (such as football) should have a baseline test before the season begins.

    2.    Athletes incurring an injury should be evaluated, regardless of whether or not they received a baseline test.

    3.    Anyone who has had repeated concussions in the past should be tested to determine the possibility of any long term complications.

    4.    Non-sports participants that receive head injuries should also be tested to evaluate cognitive abilities.

    5.    Parents of athletes should have their children baseline tested every other year until they reach adulthood to ensure their brains are protected.

Medicine in Motion specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. Because we believe active bodies are healthy bodies, our mission is to keep you energetic and fit. To reach that goal, we provide treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promote healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offer comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize your health, activity level and sports performance. For more information, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

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