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Introduction

The Concussion Baseline Program provides FREE baseline assessments to local schools, community programs and sports clubs. This program is made possible by generous donations from FNI supporters who seek to further its mission of prevention, early diagnosis, care and cure of neurological diseases, disorders and injuries.

 

For more information or to schedule a Baseline Test, call (989) 497-3118 or email ConcussionClinic@ascension.org
 

Why Baseline Assessments?

 

A baseline test is a test performed by a trained healthcare professional that is done pre-season or before a concussion happens. The purpose of a baseline test is to measure normal functioning in multiple areas of the brain that are commonly affected following a concussion. This way, if an athlete does get a concussion, we can compare their post-injury state to their baseline parameters to help make an accurate diagnosis.    

How can Baseline Assessments help with Recovery and Diagnosis?

 

By having a baseline assessment on file for comparison after injury, we get a clear picture of that individual athlete's situation. This allows us to:

  • Create a specialized recovery plan
  • Make an objective determination for readiness for return to learn and play
  • Ensure that not only have symptoms subsided but the brain has healed and returned to its pre-injury state          

TRAZER is our concussion management and baseline assessment tool. Unlike standard cognitive tests, TRAZER is an interactive sports simulator that mimics active gameplay. It makes it difficult, if not impossible, to cheat the test and reduces the risk of premature Return to Play clearance.   By using 3D graphics, full body sensing, advanced measurement tools and analytics, this technology provides previously immeasurable information about an athlete's performance capabilities. This data also can be compared to future Return to Play tests.

 

TRAZER Tests: depth perception, visual acuity, peripheral awareness and anticipation skills

TRAZER Measures: heart rate reaction time, acceleration, and velocity

TRAZER Detects: symptoms that may only be apparent with increased physical activity

 

TRAZER Baseline Assessment

  • Fun 10-13 minute test
  • Recommended for all athletes and active youth ages 10+  

Importance of Baseline Assessments for Parents/Athletes:

  • Ensure safety/health
  • Full Return to Play with lessened risk of re-injury
  • Avoid more serious injury
  • Limit lost time from school/sports/work

Importance of Baseline Assessments for Coaches/Trainers/Healthcare Providers:

  • Ensure safety/health of athletes
  • An objective tool to make Return to Play decisions
  • Avoid risk of unreported symptoms
  • Easy to read pre/post injury reports to back up Return to Play documents
  • Lessen risk of Second Impact Syndrome