Neurocognitive testing

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The current international consensus of experts (Zurich consensus statement),[1] views computerized neuropsychological or neurocognitive (NP) testing as having clincal value in evaluation for concussion and as an aid in determining when it is safe for an athlete to return to play after a concussion, and recommends formal baseline NP screening of athletes in all organized sports in which there is a high risk of concussion (e.g. football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball), regardless of the age or level of performance.  The National Athletic Trainers' Association 2014 position statement on the management of sport-related concussion[14] says all athletes should "ideally" undergo a preseason baseline assessment, but, that, at a minimum, athletes who are at a high risk of concussion based on their sport should be included in any baseline testing program, with athletes with a significant concussion history, or other relevant pre-existing condition, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, tested on an individual basis.

Baseline pre-injury and post-injury computerized neurocognitive testing is now commonplace at the professional and collegiate level, and is increasingly used at the high school level  



Contact Optimus Health for more information on baseline testing in Australia.