MHS’s Sports Medicine Program recommends that student athletes have a baseline test prior to the beginning of the season. The baseline evaluation offered by us is the same one used by the NFL. It measures and records the athlete’s balance, cognition, eye movement, and visual acuity functioning. This baseline data is used comparatively if the athlete sustains a head injury.
The pre-season baseline screening provides an objective baseline measurement of the athlete’s postural stability using the BioSway Clinical Test for Sensory Integration of Balance, which is a computerized balance assessment tool. If a student-athlete experiences a concussion during the season, MHS Rehabilitation can perform the ImPACT test, a post-injury screening to assist the physician in making the “return to play” decision.
Parents requesting a baseline test are required to sign a consent form. The test is not covered by private insurance, but is offered for a nominal fee. Payment is required at the time of the appointment. To schedule an appointment, call MHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at (785) 263-6664.