Who is this for: Organization Medical Administrators, Team Medical Staff, Coaches and Managers.
Sport Concussion Assessment Tool
The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5) is a standardized concussion screening tool that is used by medical professionals. It is used to assess athletes 13 years of age and older for a variety of physical and mental changes following a head injury and acts as an aid in the evaluation process. The results are compared to a previously recorded baseline assessment or to a normative score and are used to assist in understanding whether a suspected concussion is present.
Depending on your level of medical training and your organization's concussion policy, you'll see up to 13 sections in our athlete assessments. The SCAT5 has 2 components: an immediate assessment, as well as an off-field evaluation. It is comprised of different tests including the Initial Assessment, Maddocks Score, Glasgow Coma Scale, Cervical Spine Exam, Symptom Evaluation, Cognitive Assessment, Neurological Exam, Balance Test and Delayed Recall. If you are a user without a medical license or insurance, you might see just a few of these tests: the Initial Assessment, Maddocks Score, and Symptom Evaluation (these make up the Concussion Recognition Tool, aka CRT5).
You can move to whichever section of the test you prefer by tapping on the “Jump To Page” bar at the bottom, as well as by tapping on the arrows or swiping to move forwards and backwards. It is important to note that scores on these sections should not be solely used to make, or exclude, the diagnosis of a concussion.
If red flags are observed, the athlete should be removed
from play immediately and examined by a physician
When completing baseline tests, skip the Initial Assessment, Maddocks Questions and Glasgow Coma Scale and begin the test with the Cervical Spine Assessment. The first few sections are only used for post-injury concussion tests, therefore, they can be skipped during a baseline test.
When conducting a post-injury test, you can compare the current test scores to the athlete’s baseline scores. You can review the details of the test score by tapping on the name of the section that you would like to review. Here you can view the detailed comparison to a baseline score. It is important to know that some symptoms of concussion may take hours or days to appear, and as such an athlete may have a concussion even if their test scores are “normal”.
a) Side-by-side comparison of baseline b) Detailed view of the neurological exam
and post-injury scores
To Perform a Test in HeadCheck:
- Select ‘Teams’ or ‘Athletes’ on the left hand column
- Find an athlete you want to test and tap on their profile
- Tap on the Perform Test button
- Depending on your organization's settings in HeadCheck, you might see the option to do a Sideline Test. This is a shorter set of assessments designed to be performed on field as a quick screening. To go to the full set of assessments, select Locker Room
- Follow the instructions to perform the test
- Save the test as a Baseline or Post-Injury test
- Please note that if you are saving a post-injury test, you must select an option for the question "Concussion diagnosed?" (otherwise you will not be able to save the test)
Watch a video on how to do it on your mobile app: