Baseline Testing

Baseline testing is any combination of neurocognitive and physical stress tests which, when conducted on a non-concussed athlete, is meant to provide a helpful reference point in case of a future injury. If a possible concussion occurs, the athlete takes the tests again and the results are then compared to their original baseline scores.

Baseline testing can provide crucial data to help Healthcare Providers make educated decisions on your ability to return to your sport but should not be relied upon exclusively. Ultimately, your doctor should have the final say as to when you should return and you should always seek their advice before doing so.


A baseline test could include any of the following:

  • Neurocognitive computerized testing on memory, reaction time and processing speed

  • Balance and postural stability using the BESS system

  • Visual and Vestibular testing

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