Attention High School Athletes

Baseline Concussion Tests Offered at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Rehab and Wellness is offering baseline concussion tests to help with the medical management of sports related brain injuries in high school athletes.

Baseline testing is recommended to assist in determining whether or not an athlete should return to play. An on-field diagnosis will continue to rely on the presentation of the injured athlete, as the signs and symptoms are easily identifiable by a trained individual.

Use of the tests for comparison to the baseline results can significantly impact the return to play decision. The retest after injury can be compared to the baseline testing and used in conjunction with the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) recommendations for activity progression.

The tests offered at Mary Greeley include Basic Baseline and Advanced Baseline.
Basic Baseline Test (Cost: $10, Time: 15 minutes)

  1. Scat3 (symptom questionnaire, cognitive tests, physical signs, and brief balance and coordination screen)
  2. King Devick (visual and cognitive screen tool)

Advanced Baseline Test (Cost: $40, includes basic test, Time:30-45 minutes)

  1. Sensory organization, balance, and reaction time testing. The test will use one of Mary Greeley’s computerized balance platform systems, which measures motor control to maintain balance. This advanced test enhances decision making on return to activity progression and return to play determination.

To schedule or for more information, contact Mary Greeley Rehab and Wellness at 515-239-6770, or Story City Rehab and Wellness at 515-733-5129.

Learn more about concussion and head injuries:

Returning to Play After a Head Injury During a Sporting Event Anyone who has a head injury during a sporting event needs to immediately stop all activity and not return to play that day. Being active again before the brain returns to normal functioning increases the person's risk of having a more serious brain injury.

Concussion What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

Preventing Children's Injuries From Sports and Other Activities Being active is an important part of growing up healthy, in body and in mind. But active kids can get hurt, especially when they don't know their safety basics. As a parent, you can't protect your child from every injury. But you can help your child keep safety in mind.

Traumatic Brain Injury What is a traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from a mild concussion to a severe head injury. It is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain. This can cause bruising, swelling, or tearing of brain tissue.