In response to the growing awareness of the dangers of concussions to athletes at all levels, Mayo Clinic provides concussion testing for athletes at Mayo locations in Arizona and Minnesota.
Baseline concussion testing is an online cognitive test that can be taken on any computer with Web access. Read more about the Arizona concussion testing program.
The Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been providing baseline concussion testing for high school and junior college athletes in contact sports in the Rochester area since 2007. Read more about the Minnesota concussion testing program.
Baseline concussion testing measures how the brain is working in a normal state. Having a baseline concussion assessment helps a doctor or therapist identify and quantify a change in brain function, and determine when the athlete has returned to his or her baseline.
After a concussion, if an athlete continues to play or returns to play too early, there is a significant risk of experiencing another concussion. Repeat concussions can take longer to heal, and come with a risk of permanent neurological damage. Children, adolescents and female athletes appear to be at a higher risk for concussions than other people, and they may also take longer to recover.
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