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Why is pre-season baseline testing needed to diagnose concussion?

Christopher Giza, MD
Pediatrics
Pre-season baseline testing is needed to diagnose a concussion because each athlete is unique. When diagnosing a concussion, we need to compare the athlete to a big database of other athletes. But there are differences in gender, ages and ability, so one way to try to get around this is to do pre-season baseline testing so you have a point of comparison for each unique athlete. Joe gets compared to Joe and Mary gets compared to Mary. You test at the beginning of the season when no injuries have occurred and no practices have started, and then you check again during the season.
 
This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.
 

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